People from all over the country come to this rural area in southern Russia to see Chateau Erken in person
This five-storey castle located in the middle of a man-made lake in Russia is populated with fish and wild birds. Pics/Facebook
Chateau Erken, in the Russian Federation’s Kabardino-Balkaria autonomous republic, looks like an extremely well-preserved medieval castle, but in reality, this architectural wonder is just over a decade old. Located in the vineyard-dominated countryside of Kabardino-Balkaria, Chateau Erken is a tourist attraction unlike any other in Russia. Not only does it mimic the fortress-like design of European medieval castles, but its location in the middle of a man-made lake full of fish and wild birds is also just as impressive. People from all over the country come to this rural area in southern Russia to see Chateau Erken in person. Photos and videos of this amazing castle have been doing the rounds on social media for years, but some people still can’t believe it exists and that it was built not by a king, but by a legendary businessman.
Tembulat Erkenov is synonymous with the wine industry of Kabardino-Balkaria. After graduating from the Faculty of Agronomy, he was sent to work in a communist collective, but quickly rose through the ranks and eventually became Deputy Chairman of the Government of Kabardino-Balkaria. Later in life, he went on to establish his own winery, Chateau Erken, which is recognised as one of the best in Russia.
Inspired by the castles he visited during his many travels through Europe, Erkenov decided to build his very own medieval castle; not just a small-scale replica, but an actual life-size one. The architectural wonder was completed in 2010. Today, the main operations of Chateau Erken are located inside this magnificent castle, but the place serves as a local tourist attraction as well. Those who want to see the inside of the place have to pay for a tour, but there is plenty to see from the outside besides the castle and the lake. It is surrounded by forests and tourists often come here to get away from the city and to watch wild birds. Erkenov passed away in 2017, leaving his son to handle the affairs of Chateau Erken. The five-storey castle he built remains as a testament to his work.
More Americans use melatonin to sleep
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Thai man lives in perfect harmony with his eight young wives
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Have tattoo, flaunt it
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Wandering hen taken into custody
A chicken was caught sneaking around a security area at the Pentagon, a local animal welfare organisation said. The hen was found near the US Department of Defence headquarters, the Animal Welfare League of Arlington, wrote on social media. The chicken was taken into custody by one of the league’s employees.
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