10 Most Beautiful Campuses Around the World: #4: Royal Roads University
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Royal Roads University in Victoria, British Columbia has snagged the #4 spot on our list of most beautiful campuses around the world. This campus looks like something that was pulled straight out of the pages of a fairy tale as its main building—the school’s administrative centre— is literally a castle. Read on to learn a little more about the campus’ history.
The castle was designed by Victorian architect Samuel Maclure and commissioned by James Dunsmuir—a British Columbian coal baron and politician. Hatley Castle was completed in 1908, and it resembles the Scottish baronial style, which is a Gothic revival style that was popular during the Edwardian period. Surrounding the castle are various beautiful gardens that were designed by American garden designers Brett and Hall.
The castle was home to the Dunsmuir family until the entire estate was sold to the Government of Canadain 1940. In 1948 it became a naval training facility called the Royal Roads Military College until 1995 when it was leased by the Province of British Columbia and it finally become Royal Roads University—a public degree university.
Today, the campus is spread over 260 hectares of gorgeous parkland where there is plenty for students to do when they are not in class, including walking, hiking, biking and more.