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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Craigdarroch Castle

From a distance Craigdarroch Castle looks like a magical place (scroll down to see yesterday's photo). Up close it doesn't disappoint. It was built by pioneer coal baron, Robert Dunsmuir, to fulfill a promise made to his young bride long before he became wealthy. Though Dunsmuir died before its completion, his widow raised their children there and for many years it was a social centre of the young city of Victoria. The interior of the castle has been beautifully preserved and and is still furnished in the style of the period. Sometime later this summer we'll take a closer look at the treasures inside. Craigdarroch Castle is a National Historic Site of Canada.

4 comments:

JoJo said...

This is a fantastic place and absolutely not to be missed. The furnishings and stained glass are to die for. There is a gorgeous jewelry box in one of the bedrooms that I covet.

William Kendall said...

It really is a beautiful place up close.

Fotolosopher said...

Isn't that just the way it goes? You finally get around to building your castle and then you die before it's completed!

It is a interesting and beautiful place, though. Would love to see the interior.

Enjoy each and every day!

Stephanie said...

I whacked my head when we got to the top of the castle upstairs. It was a low ceiling. It is a beautiful inside.