7 Wonders of the World: Curious Castles Edition

Among this week's destinations: towers made from beer cans, a castle covered in graffiti, and the largest self-built castle in the U.S.

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We generally associate castles with medieval royalty—but this week The Atlantic and Atlas Obscura present a few offbeat palaces that go beyond moats, drawbridges, and pretty pretty princesses. Featured in this edition of "7 Wonders of the World":

  • A one-time health resort used by aristocrats around the world, now a major tourist attraction
  • A castle made of beer cans and other refuse
  • A California castle allegedly haunted by a former housekeeper
  • The largest castle in the U.S. built and lived in by a single person (a.k.a. a "self-built castle")
  • A self-built castle held together with mortar, cement, and goat's milk
  • A Hungarian self-built castle
  • A 13th-century castle covered in a gigantic graffiti mural


Main Image: Wikimedia Commons

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Rebecca Greenfield is a former staff writer at The Wire.

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