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Enjoy America’s Castles

by Jennifer Mattern

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.

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Elva August 15, 2011 - 2:34 am


johny August 20, 2011 - 4:58 pm

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

Brightstargazer September 19, 2011 - 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.

Paul September 25, 2011 - 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

Elise Mcc December 7, 2011 - 12:59 pm

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

Eddy December 16, 2011 - 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.).

zzpaff March 15, 2012 - 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.

J.M. March 15, 2012 - 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.

Sean Rayford August 4, 2012 - 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.

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

Gorgeous architecture, and gorgeous photo. Thanks for sharing it. 🙂


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