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Peles Castle. Royal Estate of Sinaia. Romania © Nora de Angelli /

Peleș Castle is a Neo-Renaissance castle in the Carpathian Mountains, near Sinaia, Romania, on an existing medieval route linking Transylvania and Wallachia, built between 1873 and 1914 by King Carol I of Romania.

Artists like George Enescu, Sarah Bernhardt, Jacques Thibaud and Vasile Alecsandri visited often as guests of Queen Elizabeth of Romania (herself a writer also known under the pen name of Carmen Sylva). In more recent times, many foreign dignitaries such as Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Muammar al-Gaddafi, and Yasser Arafat were welcomed at the Castle.

The castle was featured in the 2009 film The Brothers Bloom. The exterior of the castle is used to represent a large estate in New Jersey, the home of a eccentric billionaire played by Rachel Weisz.

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