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Looking to Go Bigger? Buy a Castle.
by Michael Filipiak
Templar Castle in Perugia, Italy is just one of the beautiful fortresses currently up on the market. Built in 1216, Templar has been deemed a national monument by the Italian Cultural Ministry, mainly due to it's historical significance to the town of Perugia and its protective role during the crusades. The adobe castle showcases medieval style and design at its finest, even complete with its very own drawbridge . While many castles today have lost their medieval roots due to extensive renovation, Tempar stays true to its old world form.
As you walk through the 38-room residence, you may feel like you are stepping back to the days of Excalibur, with armor and coats of arms lining the hallways. A gothic ambiance is carried throughout the castle with old fired-tiles and wooden flooring and a combination of sandstone and brick wall structures. Such a backdrop would be ideal for anyone with a large collection of Italian tapestries and no place to hang them. Amongst the myriad of rooms within the confines of the compound, a large library, a ladies sitting room, a large dining hall and a private chapel help create the sense of wealth that only the noblest of nobles were privy to back in the day of lords and serfs.
The large compound not only boasts a wonderfully 13th century interior, it also has a tremendous view of the quiet Italian countryside. Templar is surrounded by over 6000 square meters of breathtaking flora, centuries old trees, native shrubbery and beautiful, ornate water fountains. This medieval marvel is perfect for any wealthy history buff or anyone who has watched Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves more than twice in their lifetime.
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