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13 abandoned castles around the world and the history behind them

Posted On: Sep 14, 2018   |   Posted By: Business Insider

13 abandoned castles around the world and the history behind them

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Castles may have served as impenetrable fortresses in medieval times, but many have become eerie, crumbling structures.
Even structures that have been abandoned for centuries still seem to echo with the ghosts of the dignitaries who lived there, the wars fought on their grounds, and the opulence they once contained.
Here are 13 abandoned castles around the world and the stories behind them. Bannerman Castle - Beacon, New York
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Bannerman Castle once acted as arms storage for Frank Bannerman, a Scottish munitions dealer in New York City. Bannerman and his wife eventually built a glamorous, castle-like home on the property, located on Pollepel Island on the Hudson River, and resided there during the summer.
Bannerman's name can still be seen on its walls despite a powder explosion in 1920, several fires, and changes in ownership. Visitors can tour the island via passenger boat or kayak.
Gwrych Castle - North Wales, UK
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