99% of people can't name these famous castles from images! Can you?

By: Emily Hough
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Castles are a feat of human ingenuity, once used to protect people and kingdoms from attackers. They are now status symbols, tourist attractions and inspiration for books and visual media. How many of these famous castles can you name from their images? Take this quiz to find out.

This wondrous palace is full of marble. Marble floors, marble walls, marble sculptures. With the gold-leaf gate and the famous hall of mirrors, this palace is a must see for castle enthusiasts. This was once the residence of French royals.

Ivan the Great was a big factor in growing the Kremlin, for he made it the center of unified Russia. Onion domes allow snow to slide off, rather than accumulate. The domes' colors are symbolic -- gold represents celestial glory.

It's a zoo in here! Quite literally. The palace property is home to the oldest zoo, Vienna Zoo. Also, the mirror room in Schönbrunn Palace is where Mozart gave his first concert at only six years old.

Château de Montségur is one of the most well-known of the Cathar castles, but not for something pleasant. In Medieval times, more than 200 people were burned alive after refusing to renounce their Cathar faith.

Such a versatile place! The Tower of London served as home to the queen (or king), once served as a prison, houses the crown jewels, once held the mint for creating coin, and was the starter for the London Zoo.

If you want to live in a real-life fairy tale, then visit Neuschwanstein Castle. Even though it was the dream of "mad King Ludwig" Disney did admit that this castle was the inspiration behind the design of Cinderella's Castle, and a beautiful one it is -- well at least that parts that are finished.

The Château de Foix is a Cathar Castle. These are a collection of French castles that were built during or after the Cathar Crusades.

Palazzo Madama is housed in the ancient city of Rome. It was built in 1503 by the Medici family, and kept in the family until 1871 when the Italian Senate took it over.

This castle is a popular tourist destination, partly because it's been featured as Hogwarts in some "Harry Potter" films. It's the largest inhabited castle in the U.K., after Windsor. You can pretend to be a medieval royal in one of the world's largest treehouses, located in the castle gardens.

Kazan Kremlin was constructed for Ivan the Terrible. Two groups, the Russians and the Tatars inhabit the city. The Tatars have been considered one of the most educated people since an 1897 census revealed that Tatars were able to read and write in Turkish and Arabian languages.

The original owners, the McCarthy clan, were presented with a stone after fighting off the English. This later became known as the kissing stone and is said to bring a person the gift of gab. The Blarney House is attached to Blarney Castle.

Victor Amadeus III made Moncalieri his home. First built as a strong-force for protection, it quickly became a pleasure place with celebrations and festivals.

Château Gaillard was built by King Richard the Lionheart. It would not have been a pleasant place to live or be imprisoned, as it was constantly under siege. In order to take it over, the French collapsed a tower, started a fire, filled in the moat, and seized the chapel. During the Hundred Years War, control passed between the English and the French.

Arundel Castle in West Sussex, England, is the place to be if you love immersing yourself in entertainment. Still today it hosts activities throughout the year, including jousting and reenactments.

If protection is what you need, Dover is your castle. Dover survived two sieges, in 1216 and 1265. The siege in 1216 lasted ten months and structure held up with great integrity. In later years it hosted high-ranking royalty, including Henry VIII and Elizabeth I.

The Belvoir Castle was not always the stately stone structure it is today -- it has been destroyed and rebuilt more than once. "Belvoir" means "beautiful view."

Château Comtal de Carcassonne is a prime example of history's preservation winning out over politics. In the early 1800s, historians and architects won out in a battle with politicians over the destruction of the castle. Instead, restoration began in 1853.

You can find Mel Gibson on the walls of this castle during summer screenings of Braveheart. The castle was the setting for the film, with a few modifications and upgrades. Guided tours are required for some parts of this fantastic structure, because some of the original passageways and suspended walkways are too dangerous to explore on your own.

If you like a good wine, you will like Villa della Regina, which has a vineyard. Unlike many other castles, Regina was not built for military or defensive purposes, but as a delight for royalty.

Windsor Castle is a piece of living history. It is not only the largest but also the oldest castle still boasting inhabitants. The current queen spends much of her time at Windsor and traditions still stand strong, such as the Order of the Garter, founded by Edward III in 1348.

Left handers, this is the castle just for you, as it features one of the only known left-handed spiral staircases in a castle. It is such a beautiful Scottish castle that it has played a scene in a number of films including "Elizabeth: The Golden Age" and "Highlander."

You could get lost in the Château de Chambord. The grounds expand over 13,000 acres, with a wall of just over 20 miles enclosing the property. The architecture of this structure is quite unique and detailed. One of the amazing features is the double helix staircase -- two twisting staircases that never touch each other.

Floors is has been a functioning, thriving house, not a fortress, since it was built in 1721. The Roxburghe estate has been in the same family since it was built for the first Duke of Roxburghe.

Krak des Chevaliers in Syria was a stronghold during the Crusades. Its smart architectural design allowed it to survive multiple sieges. It housed a storage room under the castle, thick walls, a moat and winding corridors from which the knights could effectively and strategically fight back.

Evidence of this castle dates back to the year 1000, when it is believed the house was built as a manor to house monks. In the 16th century, the house of Savoy acquired the property, specifically Thomas Francis, Prince of Carignano, the founder of the Savoy-Carignano line. This is not the only castle the Savoys occupied.

When you visit Castel Sant' Angelo on the Tiber in Rome, you are transported back in time. Tests and studies reveal the birth of Castel Sant' Angelo to be in 129 AD. It was first commissioned by emperor Publius Aelius Hadrianus as a tomb for his ashes.

Beaumaris Castle in Wales is an opportunity to see history under construction. As funds ran low, so did the progress on this structure. However, that doesn't make it any less interesting as it is an opportunity to see how stone castles were built, including the insides of the walls and the unique toiletry systems. Being built by the sea, the indoor facilities filtered out into the sea.

This castle on the shore of Loch Ness has had a yo-yo of ownership. During the Wars of Independence, the Scots and the English were constantly invading each other and taking over at this location, essentially passing ownership of this castle back and forth up until the 1500s. Today we only see ruins, as a result of the constant raids.

Edward I took over Caernarfon Castle as he wanted to make sure he became part of history. It was sure to happen as his son became the first Prince of Wales. Every prince of Wales has been crowned in that castle since.

The Castle of Sao Jorge, in Lisbon, Portugal, was a place of elites. Not only did it house the royals, but the neighborhood surrounding it was housing for the elite. Today, it is a national monument any class can visit.

In 1268 Gilbert de Clare wanted to build a castle, but he wanted strong defenses. So he decided to build a number of artificial lakes around his structure. Perhaps this is because In 1271 Gilbert's Welsh nemesis, Llywelyn ap Gruffudd, who disagreed with its building, burned the site. But Gilbert didn't let that stop him, as he still completed the construction.

Even though Bram Stoker used Vlad Dracula as inspiration for his character Count Dracula, Bran Castle in Romania was never actually home to Vlad Dracula. Except for the possible capture of the castle or imprisonment of Vlad Dracula, Bran Castle was simply a model for the fictional setting of the novel.

Conwy Castle was once run by the infamous Black Prince of Wales. Its construction was designed to protect the surrounding town. After the Black Prince died, it started to fall into despair and the Tudors did some restoration and repairs. However, by the 18th century it fell into ruin.

Another Savoy residence, it is thought to be the largest of their collection. The Latin name, Venatio Regia, meaning "royal hunt," is probably the reason the Savoys chose this area.

This castle in Saint Petersburg, Russia, was built as a residence for Emperor Paul I. It is also known as Mikhailovsky Castle or the Engineers' Castle. The museum opened in 1898 and today holds over 400,000 items.

Izborsk was a peaceful area for trade and artisans until it fell under the control of Pskov. Originally constructed mostly of wood, the newer version is stone.

Palazzo Carignano in Italy is considered to be the masterpiece of architect Guarino Guarini. It was completed in 1679 in Turin.

The Kolomna Kremlin once housed Ivan the Terrible. Its ruins still surround the city and hold torture chambers probably used by Ivan.

Another Savoy residence, it was their favorite for hosting parties and weddings. It was designed in the shape of a Saint Andrew cross.

The Ivangorod Fortress was built in a matter of months, over the summer of 1492. In 1496, the Swedes partially destroyed it with their siege, but when Russia regained control, it only took 12 weeks to rebuild.

In perhaps one of the most strategic placements for a castle, Edinburgh was built atop an extinct volcano, Castle Rock. Some say the dungeons are haunted.

The castle may not be named for the pasta, but it does house a Michelin-starred restaurant -- Combal.zero. This castle was once the residence of the Royal House of Savoy.

The name Valentino is said to derive from Saint Valentine, whose relics were housed in a nearby church. This Turin castle fell into disrepair in the early 18th century, but restoration began in 1860.

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