During a time when countries were ruled by absolute monarchs, it was possible to divert all of the country’s resources into massive building projects. Many rulers bankrupted their countries and some even caused the downfall of the ruler by building extravagant castles, as with Ludwig the mad and his beautiful Neuschwanstein. Even Louis XlV found that building Versailles brought him close to the edge of ruin. In the end though, posterity finds a degree of gratitude for the amazing history and the tourist attractions they have become. To this day, fairytale castles inspire a romantic notion of princes and princesses living out a fantasy, and that dream is immortalized in the palaces they left behind. 

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Fairytales allow our minds a chance to escape the mundane and habitual. A fantasy releases us, for a moment, from the ordinary and the required. We find comfort in our imagination; becoming the princess and living the extraordinary and fanciful life of a royal. Servants take care of our every need. We are surrounded with beautiful gardens that require no care on our part. The prince will arrive on his white horse, take us to his castle and love us eternally.

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As children we were told that the good will triumph over the evil and the good king will destroy all that is bad in this world. We want that to be true. We watch the coverage of the queen of England and all of her castles. We obsess over the private lives of the royals. Their lives are not like ours on some levels. Where they live, what they wear, who they socialize with and their wealth are different. But in important ways they are not different. Inside they question their sufficiency, they want to be loved and they want the world to be good and safe. While the fantasy remains, they somehow are like us and struggle like us. But they do live in those amazing fairytale castles.

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