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12Spiš Castle, SlovakiaThe ruins of Spiš Castle in eastern Slovakia form one of the largest castle sites in Central Europe. The castle is situated above the town of Spišské Podhradie and the village of Žehra, in the region known as Spiš. It was included in the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites in 1993 (together with the adjacent locations of Spišská Kapitula, Spišské Podhradie and Žehra). This is one of the biggest European castles by area (41 426 m²).

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23Hohenwerfen Castle, AustriaHohenwerfen Castle  stands high above the Austrian town of Werfen in the Salzach valley, approximately 40 km  south of Salzburg. The castle is surrounded by the Berchtesgaden Alps and the adjacent Tennengebirge mountain range. The fortification is a “sister” of Hohensalzburg Castle both dated from the 11th century.

13Craigdarroch CastleCraigdarroch Castle in Victoria, British Columbia, is a historic, Victorian-era Scottish Baronial mansion. The mansion was designated a National Historic Site of Canada due to its landmark status in Victoria.Craigdarroch Castle has 39 rooms and over 25,000 square feet. It was constructed in the late 1800s as a family residence for the wealthy coal baron Robert Dunsmuir and his wife Joan. Robert died in April 1889, 10 months before construction on the castle was completed. His sons Alexander and James took over the role of finishing the castle after his death. The initial architect of the castle, Warren Heywood Williams, also died before completion of the castle. His work was taken over by his associate, Arthur L. Smith, in 1890. James Dunsmuir also commissioned the construction of Victoria’s second castle; Hatley Castle located in Colwood, British Columbia.
Craigdarroch Castle is believed to have cost as much as $500,000 when it was built, and included granite from British Columbia, tile from San Francisco, and an oak staircase prefabricated in Chicago. When originally constructed Craigdarroch stood in grounds comprising 28 acres of formal gardens in Victoria’s Rockland neighbourhood.

11Castello Aragonese - Home of the Ischia Film Festival- Ischia, NapoliAragonese Castle is a medieval castle located in Ischia, at the northern end of the Gulf of Naples, Italy.The castle which stands on a volcanic rock, is the most impressive historical monument in Ischia, built by Hiero I of Syracuse in 474 BC. At the same time, two towers were built to control enemy fleets’ movements. The rock was then occupied by Parthenopeans (the ancient inhabitants of Naples). In 326 BC the fortress was captured by Romans, and then again by the Parthenopeans. In 1441 Alfonso V of Aragon connected the rock to the island with a stone bridge instead of the prior wood bridge, and fortified the walls in order to defend the inhabitants against the raids of pirates. Around 1700, about 2000 families lived on the islet, including a Clarisses Convent, the Abbey of Basilians from Greece, the Bishop and the Seminar, the Prince with a military garrison. There were also thirteen churches. In 1912, the Castle was sold to a private owner. Today the castle is the most visited monument of the island.

08Castillo de Colomares in Benalmádena, SpainThe ‘Castillo de Colomares’ (Colomares Castle) in Benalmadena is one of the most interesting tourist attractions the municipality has to offer. It’s not really a castle, it’s more of a monument which was built between 1987 and 1994 by Esteban Martín MD as a tribute to Christopher Columbus and the discovery of America.This unique monument unifies various architectural styles which had a marked effect on Spanish culture: Bizantine, Romanesque, Arabic and Gothic.A walk around the Colomares Castle will allow you to discover various elements from the symbols of the Catholic Kings, from the three cultures present in medieval Spain (Judaism, Christianity and Islamism) and other elements from Christopher Columbus’ epic voyage.

19Oberhofen Castle, SwitzerlandOberhofen Castle with its medieval keep and lake tower is located on the shore of Lake Thun. The castle, which dates back to the early 13th century, houses a living museum. The large castle park is supposed to be one of the most magnificent in the region of the Alps.Exhibits ranging from neo-Gothic dining rooms to knights’ suits of armor to a Turkish smoking parlor: the exhibit rooms of the living museum display Bernese residential culture dating back to the time period of the 16th to the 19th century. A 2.5 hectare large park, that was created around 1840 and impressively illustrates the various fashions in the history of garden art, is located next to the castle. Striking groups of trees, exotic groves, colorful flower arrangements, the picturesque little tower and the view of the imposing mountain landscape above the lake make this garden one of the most photographed gardens for newlyweds.

14Castell Coch, WalesCastell Coch is a 19th-century Gothic Revival castle built on the remains of a genuine 13th-century fortification, cared for by Cadw, the Welsh Government’s historic environment service. It is situated on a steep hillside high above the village of Tongwynlais, to the north of Cardiff in Wales, and is a Grade I listed building as from 28 January 1963.Designed by William Burges, with an impressively medieval appearance, working portcullis and drawbridge, and sumptuous interiors which rival those of Cardiff Castle, it has been described as “the most spectacular example of  translation from High Gothic into High Victorian.”
Castell Coch was built on the site of a 13th-century castle. The earlier fortification was constructed by a Welsh chieftain referred to as Ifor Bach (“Little Ivor”). In the late 13th century the castle site was claimed by the De Clare family because of its strategic importance, commanding both the plains area and the entrance to the Taff valley. The castle was rebuilt in stone and consisted of a keep, towers, an enclosed courtyard and a gatehouse. Although the early history of the castle is largely undocumented, it is generally accepted that it was severely damaged during a period of Welsh rebellion in the early 14th century. Thereafter, the castle fell into disuse and by Tudor times, the antiquary John Leland described it as “all in ruin no big thing but high”.

Himeji-CastleHimeji Castle is a hilltop Japanese castle complex located in Himeji, in Hyōgo Prefecture, Japan. The castle is regarded as the finest surviving example of prototypical Japanese castle architecture, comprising a network of 83 buildings with advanced defensive systems from the feudal period. The castle is frequently known as Hakuro-jō (“White Egret Castle”) or Shirasagi-jō (“White Heron Castle”) because of its brilliant white exterior and supposed resemblance to a bird taking flight.
Himeji Castle dates to 1333, when Akamatsu Norimura built a fort on top of Himeyama hill. The fort was dismantled and rebuilt as Himeyama Castle in 1346, and then remodeled into Himeji Castle two centuries later. Himeji Castle was then significantly remodeled in 1581 by Toyotomi Hideyoshi, who added a three-story castle keep. In 1600, Tokugawa Ieyasu awarded the castle to Ikeda Terumasa for his help in the Battle of Sekigahara, and Ikeda completely rebuilt the castle from 1601 to 1609, expanding it into a large castle complex.Several buildings were later added to the castle complex by Honda Tadamasa from 1617 to 1618.For over 400 years, Himeji Castle has remained intact, even throughout the extensive bombing of Himeji in World War II, and natural disasters such as the 1995 Great Hanshin earthquake.
Himeji Castle is the largest and most visited castle in Japan, and it was registered in 1993 as one of the first UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the country.The area within the middle moat of the castle complex is a designated Special Historic Site and five structures of the castle are also designated National Treasures. Along with Matsumoto Castle and Kumamoto Castle, Himeji Castle is considered one of Japan’s three premier castles.In order to preserve the castle buildings, it is currently undergoing restoration work that is expected to continue for several years.

11Parsberg Castle, GermanyParsberg is a municipality in the district of Neumarkt in Bavaria, Germany. It is situated 23 km southeast of Neumarkt in der Oberpfalz, and 33 km northwest of Regensburg, directly on Autobahn 3, which is the main route from Nuremberg to Regensburg (and then on into Austria). It was formerly the seat of the Counts of Parsberg, whose coat of arms is now used by the city.Parsberg Castle and museum (the museum is only open on Sundays or by appointment). Parsberg also has a beautiful medieval church. The city of Lupburg and the U.S. Army installation at Hohenfels are nearby, as is the lovely Altmuhl River valley. In addition to these, numerous castles and ruins are in the area.


ABC has canceled Happy Endings after three seasons, in addition to axing Body of Proof, Red Widow and Malibu Country. Despite a loyal and vocal following, the Sony Pictures Television comedy will not continue on at the network.ABC moved the ensemble comedy in its third season to be part of their Tuesday comedy block. However, the lineup was the first to crumble against similar efforts on Fox and NBC. ABC shifted to reality programming on Tuesdays and moved Happy Endings to Fridays, where it most recently finished its run with a back-to-back episode burn-off.Its May 3 season finale scored a 0.8 and 0.7 rating among adults 18 to 49, a modest uptick.
Sony TV has committed to shopping the critical darling to cable, with USA Network among those expressing an interest in continuing on with the series, which ABC recently marketed with a “Save Happy Endings” tag line.
“We love those two shows. They’re incredibly distinctive, and they’re water cooler shows,” ABC boss Paul Lee said in January, also referring to the now-defunct Don’t Trust the B—- in Apt. 23.
And now the good news : Scandal,Grey’s Anatomy,Modern Family,Suburgatory,Revenge,Once upon a time,Castle,Nashville,Neighbors,Middle are renewed for another season.
Scandal,the Kerry Washington and Tony Goldwyn political thriller broke out in its sophomore season, hitting a series high during Thursday’s hour. The fast-paced series from Grey’s Anatomy creator Shonda Rhimes has become the water-cooler show of the season thanks to a dedicated cast live-tweeting new and “vintage” episodes that helped capture new viewers including Oprah Winfrey, who dedicated an hour of Oprah’s Next Chapter to the series about a fixer and her doomed romance with the president. Airing on Thursdays following Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal has made in-roads among the advertiser-coveted adults 18-49 set, topping its lead-in at least once during its second season.
The veteran medical drama from Shonda Rhimes, Grey’s Anatomy remains ABC’s top scripted drama and after its core cast booked two-year deals last year, the show will continue on for its 10th season. This season saw the cast lose three long-time members after Chyler Leigh and Kim Raver were written out during the eighth season finale and Eric Dane’s character was killed off early this year. In their place, Grey’s has enlisted a host of recurring intern characters, including Camilla Luddington and Gaius Charles.
The most awarded show on ABC, Modern Family will be back for a fifth season after all of its cast members received healthy salary raises just ahead of its current fourth frame. While the series has been eclipsed as broadcast TV’s No. 1 scripted comedy by CBS’ The Big Bang Theory, the 20th Television entry from co-creators/co-showrunners Steve Levitan and Christopher Lloyd continues to be the crowned jewel of comedy for the network. Its fourth season is averaging a 4.3 rating among adults 18-49 vs. Big Bang’s 5.3, with the latter receiving a healthy boost in its sixth season thanks largely in part to syndicated repeats on TBS. Syndicated repeats of Modern Family will begin airingon USA Network come fall following a rich deal for the ensemble comedy in 2010.
The Emily VanCamp soap,Revenge  will continue on for a third season after producer ABC Studios inked Sunil Nayar to a new two-year overall deal to take over as showrunnerfor series creator Mike Kelley, who parted wayswith the series in April. Revenge had big shoes to fill in its sophomore season when the one-time critical darling was moved to Sundays. Following an uneven season that has featured double-digit ratings declines and harsh reviews from former fans, the series will continue on for a third season.
The next show on the list, Suburgatory will be back for a third season after producer Warner Bros. Television inked creator Emily Kapnek to a two-year overall deal to continue on as showrunner. The Jane Levy and Jeremy Sisto series has been a solid performer on Wednesdays, averaging 2.1 in the demo and 6 million viewers as ABC continues to court families on the night with The Middle, Modern Family and freshman comedy The Neighbors.
One of my favorite shows, Castle, the Nathan Fillion and Stana Katic, procedural from ABC Studios is a sturdy performer for the network on Monday nights opposite increased competition this season from NBC’s breakout drama Revolution and CBS’ reliable Hawaii Five-O, both of which were previously renewed for the 2013-14 schedule. This season, the series — which earned an early order for one additional episode, expanding its fifth season to 23 episodes — is averaging nearly 9 million total viewers and a 2.6 in the adults under 50 measure. Castle also marked its 100th episode this year, in addition to launching in syndication on TNT.
An example of the Disney-owned network’s corporate synergy, the fantasy drama from Lostscribes Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz,Once Upon a Time has continued to deliver in its second season, anchoring Sundays with an average 2.7 rating among adults 18-49 and nearly 9 million viewers. The ABC Studios series starring Jennifer Morrisonand Ginnifer Goodwin in the dual-universe Snow White story may also spawn a spinoff, with Once Upon a Time in Wonderland — also from Kitsis and Horowitz — in the works after filming a short presentation after production on season two of the drama had been completed.
The Connie Britton and Hayden Panettiere country music soap,Nashville opened the season with high expectations thanks to an impressive cast and pedigree including Oscar winner Callie Khouri (Thelma & Louise). Adding Boss’ Dee Johnson as showrunner ahead of its October bow, the series launched big with 9 million viewers and a 2.8 ratings among adults 18-49 — topping CBS’ CSI and rookies Chicago Fire and Arrow, but down year-over-year compared with last year’s Wednesday at 10 p.m. occupant, Revenge.
ABC’s “TGIF” comedy block, with the Tim Allen starrer Last Man Standing launching the night, continued to be a decent performer for ABC on Fridays and will continue for a third season. While the family comedy from 20th Television is down year-over-year, the series — which received an early five-episode pickup this year — continues to lure a broader audience to ABC. Its second-season finale in March was just shy of its first-year performance, finishing with a respectable 1.6 in the demo.
The Patricia Heaton-led comedy,The Middle has continued to be a solid performer for the network on Wednesdays, averaging a 2.3 rating in the key adults 18-49 measure. What’s more, while it lacks the critical acclaim and water-cooler chatter of its counterparts, the Warner Bros. Television-produced comedy has served as a steady lead-in for the Disney-owned network’s Wednesday comedy block, boosting the fortunes for second-year effort Suburgatory, and locking up a fifth-season renewal.
The Neighbors, the critically panned series starring Jami Gertz and Lenny Venito as a couple who move into a community populated by aliens has been a modest performer for ABC on Wednesdays and will continue on for a second season. In a show of early confidence, the network ordered its first additional scripts of the season for the first-year entry that THR’s chief TV critic Tim Goodman called”one of the least funny things to air on television since the last Hitler documentary on History.” With its 1.8 demo rating and average of 6 million total viewers, ABC used the critical jabs as part of its midseason marketing strategy encouraging viewers to give the series another look.
Kiefer Sutherland_a_pJust days after Fox canceled Kiefer Sutherland drama Touch, the actor is returning to Fox to reprise his role as Jack Bauer in a 24 limited series.The continuation of the series — which spanned 192 episodes and a TV movie from 2001-10 — will be produced by its former showrunner, Howard Gordon (Homeland). Like the original series, the reboot, dubbed 24: Live Another Day, hails from 20th Television and Imagine TV’s Brian Grazer with Gordon’s banner Teakwood Lane on board to co-produce. Fox will bow the limited project — which will tell a 24-hour story over 12 episodes that jump hours — in May 2014.

Source : thehollywoodreporter.com


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