Castles may seem the realm of fictional fairy tales, but in fact they are very, very real. That is, they were real for a select few nobles and royals from history’s past ages. We bring you 9 of these dreamy estates and some of the stories, all true, that accompanied them.
Cité de Carcassonne, France
In the city of Carcassonne, South of France, you will find the Cité de Carcassonne, UNESCO World Heritage Site. For some 2,500 years this town has been at the center of trade routes used by the Romans, Visigoths, Saracens and Crusaders. You can only imagine thus why it became a medieval citadel. Almost 2,000 years after the Romans first fortified the Gaulish settlement in the 3rd century, Klaus-Jürgen Wrede create the best-selling board game, Carcassonne, which entails players having to build up the medieval terrain by strategically placing tiles on the board.