Peleș Castle is a castle located near the town of Sinaia, in the Prahova County of Romania. This castle was built during the 19th century, and was the beautiful summer residence of the royal family of the former Kingdom of Romania. When the kingdom was dissolved following the abdication of its last king, Peleș Castle was confiscated by the state. It was later returned to the former king, though the state negotiated with the former monarch for the title of the property. The castle became the property of the state again, and is today a popular tourist attraction.
Building a Beautiful Castle
The story of Peleș Castle began in 1866. According to some sources, it was in August of that year that Prince Karl of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen (who would later become Carol I, the first ruler of the Kingdom of Romania) visited the area, and spent a night at the Sinaia Monastery. The prince fell in love with the beautiful landscape of the surrounding Carpathian Mountains, and decided to build a castle there.
Prince Karl of Hohenzollern Sigmaringen later king Carol I of Romania. (circa 1860) (Public Domain)
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