I usually am circumspect about out of size fantasy environments (as mentioned for instance in my comment on The Messenger II by andreasrocha). Yet every rule has exceptions : this proves to be a resounding one.
This of course is partly due to the enigmatic landscape created by the multiple castles (one and the same entity ? successive fortresses ?), the exceptionally well-crafted detail of stone, cloud and vegetation, as well as the glorious play of light in the sky (and the birds... I do love birds in such vistas). But I also suspect that, for me, the strong reminiscences of the works of German Romantic painters definitely tipped the scales. The barely silhouetted spires of the castles in the distance are very Caspar David Friedrich-esque in essence, as are other parts of the setting (if that tree on the right is not The Lone Tree, then I'm willing to eat my tricorne hat), while the Gothic architecture is also redolent of the cathedrals of Karl Friedrich Schinkel (and, yes, Mont-Saint-Michel, too).
Pastiche it may be, but it is pastiche that manages to capture all the greatness and depth of feeling of the Old Masters. Something you obviously do not see on a daily basis, which literally makes this an extraordinary picture.
Magnificent display of forboding structures against a wild mountainous background. The small figure in the foreground highlights, the size and majesty of the structures and landscape before him. Colors and detail are excellent.
Very cool Raphael! You are master of misty environments, color palette is wonderful as always. Perspective seem to be having some problems though, background appears bit too high to my eye judging by the vanishing point of the focal point castle