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8 Modern Kitchens Trying Their Best to Blend into Castles

Why people want to live in castles is not exactly a mystery. Castles are, objectively, the best kind of house—they're where kings and queens live, and they're great for protecting against invading hordes. Since we live in the 21st century, of course, other methods now exist for protecting against invading hordes, such as fences and 24-hour doormen, but occasionally an eccentric rich person will still employ a centuries-old aesthetic to build a modern castle (or renovate an existing one). Unfortunately, none of these rich people can fully commit, and they always insist on including anachronistic elements such as swimming pools, toilets, and electricity. It's a delicate balance for the architects and designers, and the kitchen is where it invariably all falls down, as evidenced by the kitchen pictured above, from a Massachusetts mansion that was "done in a way to evoke a 15th-century bucolic [Venetian] estate," which was just listed for $3.2 million.