We have all heard the saying, ‘love makes us do crazy things’. However, having a whole monument dedicated to the love of your life is something both crazy and incredible. Read on to find out about some of the famous monuments created from the labor of love from around the world.
6 Beautiful Monuments Which Are Symbol Of True Love
1. Boldt Castle, The United States of America
Boldt Castle is an unfinished structure in New York’s Thousand Islands. Built by famous hotelier George C. Boldt, this five-acre estate features eleven different buildings along with huge adjoining gardens. The massive structure was to be a Valentine’s day gift for Boldt’s wife Louise in the year 1905. Unfortunately, Louise died while it was being built the year before. Devastated by her sudden demise, Boldt left the island and the structure incomplete, never to return.
2. Swallow’s Nest Castle, Ukraine
Located 130 feet above the water on a hilltop, Swallow’s Nest Castle is a classic Gothic-era castle overlooking the Black Sea. It was built in 1912 by a German, however, there are various theories and legends as to the reason behind its creation. One of the more popular stories is that it was designed to be built as a couple’s retreat home for the German and his wife to honeymoon at. Tourists can now tour the amazing building. What’s more amazing, is that the structure has stayed intact despite being faced with an earthquake. The true power of love!
3. Kellie’s Castle, Malaysia
Very few people know about this castle, and rightly so since it is not in Europe, but actually in the South Asian country of Malaysia! It is Malaysia’s oldest castle and was a gift from a plantation owner to his homesick wife. William Kellie Smith and his wife Agnes had moved to Malaysia during colonial rule in the early 20th century. Unfortunately, Agnes was missing home quite a lot, and traveling back to Scotland was not an option. On seeing her homesickness, Smith decided to get the best of both worlds right in their town of Batu Gajah! The mansion features classic Scottish architectural elements, and we are sure Agnes must have been overjoyed seeing their new home.
4. The Taj Mahal, India
This list would not have been complete without mentioning our very own Taj Mahal. This labor of love made of white marble took a whopping 20 years to build. Shah Jahan announced its creation after the death of his favorite wife, Mumtaz Mahal as a mausoleum. The building itself is made up of one large central building, surrounded by four towering minarets. The intricate carvings made by hand and amazing marble-work of the Taj Mahal attract millions of visitors from all around the world each year. It is said that while Shah Jahan was imprisoned later in his life, his only demand was that his cell is given a window facing the Taj Mahal, so he could remember Mumtaz every day. True love indeed!
5. The Mystery Castle, The United States Of America
The Mystery Castle in Arizona proves that a monument made out of love does not always have to be romantic in nature. This castle was built by a father for his daughter, whom he could not see until his death due to a fatal illness. It also proves that one does not need to build an extensive structure to prove their love for someone else. It is always the thought that counts. This castle was made by recycling metal parts from railways and automobiles.
6. Kodai-Ji Temple
This historic temple can be found in the Higashiyama valley at the foot of the Ryozen mountains in Kyoto, Japan. So what makes this place different from the others mentioned in our list? Well, it was actually built in 1606 by a woman named Kita-no-Mandokoro for her husband, and not the other way around. She had the temple built for her late husband Toyotomi Hideyoshi. He was renowned in Japan, being referred to as the great unifier. The interiors of the temple are beautiful, covered in lacquer fittings and stunning artworks. There is also a garden adjoining the temple, making it the perfect picnic spot. The duo is buried underneath the temple.
Summing It Up
So what if you can’t show your love by making your very own monument? Love is always in the small things of life, and remember, it is always the thought that counts!