The Castles That Inspired Films

The list of films inspired by sports, gambling, betting on horses or even racing is endless. Whether you bet on cricket or football or love watching sports, there are numerous films to enjoy during off seasons.

Film enthusiasts can recognize some or most of the magical places used in films. Probably the most amazing of all is Germany’s Neuschwanstein Castle in Bavaria, it has inspired and featured in several movies in Disney. Some of the other real places that inspired fictional films are the Forbidden City, Alcazar of Segovia and the Taj Mahal, Mont St. Michel, France.

The El Alcazar de Segovia

El Alcazar de Segovia is the place that inspires the most Spanish fairy tales, and it is the most famous castle in Spain. The castle is based in Segovia, a stunning town about an hour and fifteen minutes away from Madrid. It is the castle that makes this day trip the most popular in the capital.

Forbidden City

Beijing in China is home to the Forbidden City, which is one of the most prominent tourist destinations in the world. The Forbidden City is well over 5,000 years old and showcases Chinese artefacts and art. The castle was once the home of twenty-four emperors who ruled China from the 14th up to the 20th century.

What stands out about it most is just how enormous the building, it’s ancient and its unique architectural designs. The Forbidden City consists of 960 buildings featuring more than 8,000 rooms. It was this sensational city that inspired the Disney World production Mulan back in 1998. The film became a huge hit and won several awards.

Taj Mahal

The Sultan’s Palace in Agra India was used in several films including The Return of Jafar. More popular movies it is used in is Aladdin as well as the Beauty and the Beast. The palace is the inspiration of many films and video games and will most certainly inspire a whole lot more. Shah Jahan, a Mughal Emperor, built Taj Mahal, and he created the magnificent and elegant place in memory of Mumtaz Mahal, his wife. Built with marbles in white, it is one of the biggest tourist attractions and if offers a heavenly site that is now also listed as one of the Seven Wonders in the world.

Cinderella’s Castle

Spain is home to the Alcazar of Segovia, a magical castle that is the most photographed of all in the world and stands 189 feet tall. Cinderella’s castle features no less than 27 towers, which is numbered from one to twenty-nine. Initially, it would have had 29 towers, although tower 17 and 13 were removed from the construction plan since it these would be hidden from the rest. Tower number 20 is the tallest and if you are planning to see all this for yourself. Do try and schedule your visit during one of the nights when all 16 million coloured lights are turned on. This offers the most spectacular experience; it truly is something you will never forget.