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Random Memories of Germany- Our Favorite Castles

20 Sep

HERRENCHIEMSEE – PART 3

1969 – our trip to Bavaria – Herrenchiemsee Palace

The Great Hall of Mirrors

THE GREAT HALL OF MIRRORS was always a place of great beauty to us.  While it was definitely designed after the Versailles Hall of Mirrors, it was “newer” than Versailles, of course, and so felt different to us. 

1969 – our trip to Bavaria.  Fred’s mother is on the left in the green hat,

looking at the ceiling

“For the Hall of Mirrors of Herrenchiemsee, the King demanded a true-to-scale copy [of Versailles], which was planned and built in 1879-1881.  It had a length of 98 meters and is longer than the Versailles model….the frame decoration, which in Versailles is only painted, is carried out here in gilded stucco ornaments…the pictures occasionally are extended three-dimensionally in stucco.”

The Hall of War

In THE HALL OF WAR, “the walls are covered with multicolored marble stucco.  Above the mantelpiece, an oval bas-relief in stucco: ‘Louis XIV on horseback’.”

The Bedchamber

THE BEDCHAMBER, I am assuming, was not the State Bedchamber, but the bedroom for the king in his apartment in the palace.  Please notice the blue glass globe in front of the bed – it was used as night illumination for the king.  I guess he needed a night light, just as our children do in this day and age.  Please notice the wood-inlay floors.  Wow!

~~~~~~~~~~To Be Continued~~~~~~~~~~

Judy is living in Central Florida with her retired U.S. Air Force husband of 50+ years. Born in Dallas, Texas, she grew up in the Southwestern United States.She met her husband at their church, where he was attending the university in her town. After college and seminary, he entered the Air Force, and their adventures began.They lived in eight of our United States, and spent six years in Europe, where their oldest daughter was born. She was a stay-at-home mom for many years .

  Judy has always been involved with music, both playing the piano and singing. Always interested in exercise, she was an aerobic dancing instructor, as well as a piano teacher for many years, and continues to faithfully exercise at home.

After moving to Central Florida, she served as a church secretary for nearly nine years.Her main hobby at this point in time is scanning pictures and 35mm slides into the computer. She also enjoys scrapbooking.She and her husband have two married daughters and four grandchildren, including grandtwins as well as a great-grandson. She and her husband enjoy the Disney parks as often as possible.

Random Memories of Germany- Our Favorite Castles

13 Sep

Herrenchiemsee-Part 2

SUNDAY MEMORIES

Judy Wills

I mentioned earlier that Herrenchiemsee was “unfinished” at Ludwig’s death.  But the brochure states: “It would be wrong to call Herrenchiemsee Palace ‘unfinished’ in the usual sense of the word; even in the construction schedule of 1878, no other rooms are planned for the interior than those which we see complete today.  For conjuring up the spirit of absolute monarchy, the central rooms of Versailles are indeed sufficient.”

Herrenchiemsee was built in the grand style of Versailles, with many of the rooms built similarly to Versailles.  However, during the French Revolution, many of the artifacts, furniture and furnishings of Versailles were lost or destroyed.  Therefore, when Ludwig began building Herrenchiemsee, he had no “Versailles” models to work from.  Therefore, much of the furnishings in Herrenchiemsee are original designs.  And while they were original creations, they were often corrected and amended by the king in his own handwriting.

The State Staircase

THE STATE STAIRCASE was modeled on the Versailles Ambassadors’ Staircase.  Multicolored marble and stucco marble-clad walls follows exactly the Versailles model, shown in existing plans and engravings.

The First Antechamber

In THE FIRST ANTECHAMBER, the inlaid paintings show scenes from court life and the military campaigns of Louis XIV of France.  

The Second Antechamber

In THE SECOND ANTECHAMBER (so-called “bull’s eye hall”) are paintings of Louis XIV, as well as, in the center of the hall, a bronze equestrian statuette of Louis XIV.

The State Bedchamber

THE STATE BEDCHAMBER was never used by Ludwig, but represents a highlight of majestic appointments, and was the first room completed in the palace, and turned over to the King on September 18, 1881.  “In the ceiling fresco Phoebus Apollo has the facial features of Louis XIV.”

The Council Chamber

THE COUNCIL CHAMBER has a portrait of Louis XIV and four painting above the door, showing diplomatic successes of the Sun King.  Lots of gold overlay in this room.

~~~~~~~~~~To Be Continued~~~~~~~~~~

Judy is living in Central Florida with her retired U.S. Air Force husband of 50+ years. Born in Dallas, Texas, she grew up in the Southwestern United States.She met her husband at their church, where he was attending the university in her town. After college and seminary, he entered the Air Force, and their adventures began.They lived in eight of our United States, and spent six years in Europe, where their oldest daughter was born. She was a stay-at-home mom for many years .

  Judy has always been involved with music, both playing the piano and singing. Always interested in exercise, she was an aerobic dancing instructor, as well as a piano teacher for many years, and continues to faithfully exercise at home.

After moving to Central Florida, she served as a church secretary for nearly nine years.Her main hobby at this point in time is scanning pictures and 35mm slides into the computer. She also enjoys scrapbooking.She and her husband have two married daughters and four grandchildren, including grandtwins as well as a great-grandson. She and her husband enjoy the Disney parks as often as possible.

RANDOM MEMORIES OF GERMANY -OUR FAVORITE CASTLES

6 Sep

HERRENCHIEMSEE – PART 1

SUNDAY MEMORIES

Judy Wills

As with last time’s post, I want to preface this with a statement that a lot of what information and pictures I am presenting is from pamphlets we purchased when we toured Herrenchiemsee all those years ago.  Some are our own observations and pictures, but some of the more “technical” information is gleaned from those pamphlets. So…..

1969 – our trip to Bavaria – Herrenchiemsee Palace

Herrenchiemsee was the last of the three main castles that Ludwig II King of Bavaria had built.  Neuschwanstein was the first built, (1869-1886) taking 17 years to complete, and was not completely finished at his death in 1886.  Linderhof only took four years to build (1876-1878).  And the final castle, Herrenchiemsee, was eight years in the building, 1878-1886.  It was not completed at the time of Ludwig’s death in 1886, under mysterious circumstances.

Aerial view of the palace and grounds

I think that Ludwig was a dreamer at heart.  While he was a great friend and admirer of composer Richard Wagner, I think he had a bit of hero worship in King Louis XIV of France, who fashioned himself as the Sun King. 

Credit Google Search – Louis XIV – Portrait by Hyacinthe Rigaud, 1701

Ludwig II King of Bavaria – 1887 portrait by Gabriel Schachinger

In the brochure we purchased at the castle, it stated that “For King Ludwig II, the Sun King was the absolute embodiment of monarchy.”  Ludwig studied everything he could about Louis and Versailles, eventually visiting France and the palace.  That inspired him to try to build a “New Versailles.”  He erected Herrenchiemsee “as a monument to the monarchy.”  It goes on to say it was a monument, not a building to be lived in.

~~~~~~~~~~To Be Continued~~~~~~~~~~

Judy is living in Central Florida with her retired U.S. Air Force husband of 50+ years. Born in Dallas, Texas, she grew up in the Southwestern United States.She met her husband at their church, where he was attending the university in her town. After college and seminary, he entered the Air Force, and their adventures began.They lived in eight of our United States, and spent six years in Europe, where their oldest daughter was born. She was a stay-at-home mom for many years .

  Judy has always been involved with music, both playing the piano and singing. Always interested in exercise, she was an aerobic dancing instructor, as well as a piano teacher for many years, and continues to faithfully exercise at home.

After moving to Central Florida, she served as a church secretary for nearly nine years.Her main hobby at this point in time is scanning pictures and 35mm slides into the computer. She also enjoys scrapbooking.She and her husband have two married daughters and four grandchildren, including grandtwins as well as a great-grandson. She and her husband enjoy the Disney parks as often as possible.

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