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Jose' Paronella left his hometown of spain in 1913 to move to Australia, in hopes to find the perfect location for his dream castle.
he worked for 11 years building his wealth from buying, improving and selling cane farms.
he started building the dream castle in 1929, he first had to build a 47 step staircase to shift building materials from the lower level to the upper level. it was all hand built using stone.

Tags: Landscape and travel

Voters: Mike_Young, CarolG, bobpaige1 and 105 more

Readers' Choice Awards are given to photos that get over 30 votes


liarsdance 6 633 2 United Kingdom
5 Mar 2015 7:09AM
Fascinating story and a super capture of earlier grandeur.
mistere Plus
7 6 4 England
5 Mar 2015 7:22AM
A grand castle, lovely image as well.

5 Mar 2015 7:52AM
Fine image and narrative Bernie,
fotobee Plus
7 4 3 South Africa
5 Mar 2015 8:01AM
This is a beautiful building built in the antique style. Lovely photo! Regards Martin
jocas 5 6 United Kingdom
5 Mar 2015 8:19AM
beautiful image conjured from the image and the narrative, well captured.
11 10 10 England
5 Mar 2015 8:49AM
Not many people get to make their dreams come true - good image captured here .
barbarahirst 12 27 12 United Kingdom
5 Mar 2015 8:54AM
What a spectacular building
How is it used now?
Nikonuser1 Plus
8 165 16 United Kingdom
5 Mar 2015 9:44AM
A great looking building with a great story Bernie, so well capturedGrinGrin

ColleenA Plus
8 456 7 Australia
5 Mar 2015 9:59AM
A fascinating story...yes men love their castles...what a lovely looking place
Fefe Plus
8 50 34 United Kingdom
5 Mar 2015 11:07AM
Bet those steps are a bit slippeyTongueGrin
luckybry 10 3 Scotland
5 Mar 2015 11:36AM
like very much
UrbaneMagick 8 172 1 United Kingdom
5 Mar 2015 12:04PM
Amazing looking places, looks centuries older than its actual age.

Well taken !

Gareth SmileSad:=-)Sad
What a great story to go with this wonderful image !!

Lynette Grin
NDODS 10 5.2k 127 United Kingdom
5 Mar 2015 12:52PM
An interesting and informative narrative supported by an equally interesting image.

Regards NathanGrinGrinGrin
Joline Plus
14 30 58 United States
5 Mar 2015 1:03PM
Looks like something from ancient Babylon!!! Magnificent!
mikbee 13 3 8 Scotland
5 Mar 2015 1:14PM
A fine looking old castle here.
Good shot.
Richsr 13 91 223 England
5 Mar 2015 3:11PM
Interesting story and he looks to have succeed in getting it built
johnke Plus
7 223 16 England
5 Mar 2015 3:26PM
A super Narrative Bernie, thank you fro sharing this info and Image...John
PranavMishra 8 52 18 India
5 Mar 2015 3:35PM
a fine castle which has certainly seen a little more grandeur than visible here...

Quote: SmileSad:=-)Sad

Gareth's smileys are very interesting.. I would love to do one of mine..

Grin =Smile = Tongue = Wink = Sad = Blush

It's life I suppose..
TrevBatWCC Plus
12 13 16 England
5 Mar 2015 4:43PM
A very interesting looking building and story too Smile
Trev Smile
5 Mar 2015 5:59PM
A stunning building Bernie and such a good write up to accompany your photo.

Patty xxSmileSmileSmileSmile
netta1234 8 382 2 Wales
5 Mar 2015 7:36PM
A great imageSmile
5 Mar 2015 9:11PM
An interesting building and a great write up..Lin
5 Mar 2015 9:39PM
What a building Bernie and love the write up. Cathy
Natureale 6 76 Slovenia
5 Mar 2015 11:12PM
Interesting package, that is story and image. Grin
5 Mar 2015 11:20PM
Great image and information
milky Plus
17 5 Wales
5 Mar 2015 11:43PM
a very great building capture beautiful colours-------Gary Milky
Daisymaye Plus
12 23 18 Canada
6 Mar 2015 1:05AM
He had a dream and did it. You've captured it well.
A lovely castle with great disposition. Well done Bernie.
Bantu 7 7 1 India
6 Mar 2015 5:08AM
A great heritage capture.

gss 6 1 Romania
6 Mar 2015 11:30AM
A dream castle in a great picture!
exposure Plus
16 6.0k England
6 Mar 2015 1:11PM
A lovely building, tones & story.
capto Plus
8 6.4k 20 United Kingdom
6 Mar 2015 3:03PM
A fascinating story and image.Smile

Maiwand 13 3 73 England
6 Mar 2015 4:21PM

Quote:A stunning building Bernie and such a good write up to accompany your photo.

Patty xxSmileSmileSmileSmile

I quite agree Bernie.GrinGrinGrinGrin
6 Mar 2015 8:09PM
A very special looking castle in green ! SmileSmileSmileSmileSmile --- Jukka.
6 Mar 2015 8:16PM
Great shot agree with all
Of the above mate
6 Mar 2015 11:26PM
Interesting piece of architecture that blends well into the background.
MaryFaith 6 59 New Zealand
7 Mar 2015 2:49AM
An amazing structure - a real labour of love in its construction - Interesting shot Britchie Smile

A interesting narrative, lovely building with some great textures, love the way nature has taken over the steps and the way the building blends into the background. I should imagine that it would be a stunning place back in its day.
Carol Smile
7 Mar 2015 10:35PM
An interesting looking building
ukgubbi 8 5 India
9 Mar 2015 3:41AM
Nice narration. Love the building. Old models young love
lesliea 10 2 Australia
9 Mar 2015 5:54AM
Very nice image well captured.
Allen, Grin
nonur 11 18 13 Turkey
9 Mar 2015 6:36AM
What an interesting construction, well taken image.
PranavMishra 8 52 18 India
9 Mar 2015 10:19AM

Quote:What a spectacular building
How is it used now?

There are some good uses for buildings like that.. Smile
10 Mar 2015 6:39AM
Wonderful shot and well framed.
xwang 11 56 8
12 Mar 2015 7:41AM
Unique architecture, interesting story, thanks for sharing...
A Booth 18 11 4 United Kingdom
1 Apr 2015 1:54PM
a nice record shot.
Irishkate Plus
10 42 118 United Kingdom
17 Apr 2015 12:08AM
A dream come true after much hard work and endeavour.
Kate GrinGrinGrin
bliba Plus
14 2 Austria
17 Apr 2015 9:17AM
beautiful image
tonyguitar 8 77 37 Canada
22 Apr 2015 4:39AM
Everyone is falling over this outstanding and beautiful photograph. This looks so lush. Grass or green on the steps, marvelous windows designs and your excellent composition. You have shown many things I would never have seen otherwise. Adding this ' One of a Kind ' image to my favourites. TG
Chinga Plus
9 3 2 United Kingdom
8 May 2015 11:08PM
A beautifully detailed and well toned building... Very lovely image....
tonyguitar 8 77 37 Canada
9 May 2015 1:42AM
This is such a rare beauty, I'm glad it's in my favourites gallery. TG
Bravdo 12 17 2 United Kingdom
21 May 2015 5:52PM
Informative narrative to accompany a fine capture, Well composed.

cazzycool 12 8 United Kingdom
20 Jun 2015 12:20AM
That is an incredible folly. Love all the textures captured here.
jembo 16 139 United Kingdom
23 Feb 2016 11:37PM
This is one place I was hoping to visit when we visited your beautiful country a few years ago - but ran out of time. But we did get to the Blue Mountains. Lovely pics.
ZoeKemp 7 31 England
28 Mar 2016 8:01PM
wow interesting photograph , so much detail captured. thank you for sharing
zoe SmileSmile
17 Apr 2016 11:58PM
This is wonderful- thx for sharing Bernie
cheers walt. P.S. Coral gables florida has a similar castle story about a young lover jilted by his one and only whom later went on to build his castle home out of coral in remembrance of her .
Saastad Plus
1 16 6 Norway
12 May 2019 4:12PM
Lovely places you are traveling too Britchie! This is looking so nice and exciting. I really like that you telling about the history around the places. Thanks a lot for the fine info, and a fine picture too!

Arne Smile

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