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Elaborate castle built on a rock ledge over the Pöllat Gorge in the Bavarian Alps, near Füssen, Ger. Begun in 1869 at the behest of Bavaria's Louis II, this lavish stronghold is an eccentric romantic reconstruction of a medieval castle, complete with a walled courtyard, indoor garden, towers, and an artificial cave. Its two-story throne room is modeled after a Byzantine basilica. Wall paintings depict scenes from Richard Wagner's operas.
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