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Enjoy America’s Castles

by J.M. on August 6, 2011 · 10 comments

in Architecture, Photos

When we think about castles we sometimes only think about the classic European examples. But castles and palaces exist all across the globe. Today let’s take a look at some castles and palace-like architecture throughout the Americas.

Here is a photostream featuring some of our favorite American castles from both North and South America.

North America

Hearst Castle

Hearst Castle - San Simeon, California - Credit: Jill Clardy (via Flickr)

Biltmore Estate

Biltmore Estate - Asheville, North Carolina - Credit: Mike Miley (via Flickr)

Chapultepec Castle

Chapultepec Castle - Mexico City - Credit: lion05 (via Flickr)

Belvedere Castle

Belvedere Castle - Central Park - New York City - Credit: Ed Yourdon (via Flickr)

Tulum Castle Ruins

Tulum Castle Ruins - Tulum, Mexico - Credit: Roger4336 (via Flickr)

Chateau Frontenac

Chateau Frontenac - Quebec, Quebec - Credit: Martin Cathrae (via Flickr)

Mexico's National Palace

Mexico's National Palace - Mexico City - Credit: Jami Dwyer (via Flickr)

'Iolani Palace

'Iolani Palace - Honolulu, Hawaii - Credit: cliff1066™ (via Flickr)

Smithsonian Castle

Smithsonian Castle - Washington D.C. - Credit: NCinDC (via Flickr)

Chateau Laurier

Chateau Laurier - Ottowa, Ontario - Credit: Tomato Geezer (via Flickr)

Casa Loma

Casa Loma - Toronto, Ontario - Credit: Carsten Keßler (via Flickr)

Boldt Castle

Boldt Castle - Heart Island, New York - Credit: E Photos (via Flickr)

Governor's Palace

Governor's Palace - Guadalajara, Mexico - Credit: Wonderlane (via Flickr)

South America

Rio Branco

Rio Branco - Brazil - Credit: Eric and Christian (via Flickr)

Archbishop's Palace

Archbishop's Palace - Lima, Peru - Credit: Shared Interest (via Flickr)

Lima Presidential Palace

Presidential Palace - Lima, Peru - Credit: LollyKnit (via Flickr)

Castillo San Felipe

Castillo San Felipe - Cartegena, Columbia - Credit: Roger4336 (via Flickr)

Castle Wolff

Castle Wolff - Chile - Credit: blmurch (via Flickr)

Legislative Palace - Uruguay

Legislative Palace - Montevideo, Uruguay - Credit: seretide (via Flickr)

Casa Rosada

Casa Rosada - Buenos Aires, Argentina - Credit: longhorndave (via Flickr)

There are likely many more American castles. Have you visited one? Do you live near one? Do you have a favorite? If so, tell us about it in the comments below.

{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

Elva August 15, 2011 at 2:34 am

beautiful~

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johny August 20, 2011 at 4:58 pm

i like cartagena s castle!!! its real 100%

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Brightstargazer September 19, 2011 at 12:50 am

I live in Colorado, not far from my home is a place called “Bishops Castle”, it’s very amazing, built with primitive tools by one man. I have photo’s to share.

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Paul September 25, 2011 at 6:19 am

A nice collection, but not many real castles, do you only source photos from flickr? I visited 40 castles here in the United Kingdom and have hundreds of pictures of the real age of castle building. Like your newer post with the asian castles

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Elise Mcc December 7, 2011 at 12:59 pm

Saw these just 2 weeks ago! Crazy Story on the too – in Wikipedia.

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Eddy December 16, 2011 at 2:42 pm

En esta colección solo hay un castillo, el de San Felipe en Cartagena (Colombia). El resto son casas más o menos grandes e importantes, pero no Castillos. Si queréis ver castillos de verdad tendreis que ir a Europa (España, Alemania, Austria, Italia, etc. etc.).

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zzpaff March 15, 2012 at 1:56 am

As Eddy said, we can just consider one of two of them as “castles”. They are palaces or similar, but not real castles.

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J.M. March 15, 2012 at 8:07 am

There are a number of definitions for what a “castle” actually is these days. By some definitions, you’re right — they’d be more palaces. Under other definitions they’re just as much a castle as the traditional image.

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Sean Rayford August 4, 2012 at 3:10 pm

I am a photojournalist in Columbia, SC and visited my hometown in Mt. Airy Maryland to photograph the castle there: http://www.seanrayford.com/blog/2012/4/no-unicorns-at-the-mt-airy-castle

I’ve always loved that castle.

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J.M. September 28, 2012 at 11:53 am

Gorgeous architecture, and gorgeous photo. Thanks for sharing it. :)

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