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Dream Palaces: The Last Royal Courts of Europe

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Throughout the 19th century, European royalty built extraordinary palaces to which they retreated from their "official" lives in St. Petersburg, Paris, Vienna, and elsewhere. This book offers a panorama of these fantastic estates, where leading architects, craftsmen, muralists, garden designers, and naturalists were employed at enormous expense to create a life of unsurpassed luxury. Many of the palaces are now legendary: Ludwig II's famous Neuschwanstein, which dominates the Bavarian Alps; the "Alexandra ...
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Throughout the 19th century, European royalty built extraordinary palaces to which they retreated from their "official" lives in St. Petersburg, Paris, Vienna, and elsewhere. This book offers a panorama of these fantastic estates, where leading architects, craftsmen, muralists, garden designers, and naturalists were employed at enormous expense to create a life of unsurpassed luxury. Many of the palaces are now legendary: Ludwig II's famous Neuschwanstein, which dominates the Bavarian Alps; the "Alexandra Cottage" of Peterhof, the gift of Nicholas I to his wife; the lovely Castle of Miramare built for the ill-fated Archduke Maximilian, the short-lived emperor of Mexico. The palaces are "romantic" in every sense, as creations of their time, and as places suffused with nostalgic memory.

Author Jérôme Coignard provides a brief overview of each royal family and their palace's architecture and decoration, drawing on contemporary memoirs and letters. Marc Walter's color photographs are accompanied by period interior views, watercolors, and family photographs. With information on visiting hours and directions to each of the palaces, this book offers a private tour through the last courts of Europe.

Author Bio: Jérôme Coignard is a novelist, essayist, and contributor to numerous French magazines. Marc Walter is a photographer and graphic designer whose most recent books include Voyages around the World and Toile de Jouy. Markus of Habsburg-Lorraine, an Austrian archduke, is the current resident of Kaiser-villa in Bad-Ischl, built for his ancestor, the emperor Franz-Joseph I, in 1834.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780865652286
  • Publisher: Vendome Press
  • Publication date: 11/1/2004
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 12.00 (h) x 1.13 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface 11
Theaters of Absence 13
Peterhof, Alexandria Cottage: Russia 1826-1829 17
Hohenschwangau Castle: Germany 1832-1836 37
Stolzenfels Castle: Germany 1836-1839 61
Pena Palace: Portugal 1840-1885 91
Kaiservilla: Austria 1853-1857 115
Miramare Castle: Italy 1857-1860 135
Pierrefonds Castle: France 1857-1870 157
Ajuda Palace: Portugal 1862-1889 179
Neuschwanstein Castle: Germany 1869-1892 209
Peles Castle: Romania 1875-1914 229
Achilleion Villa: Greece 1887-1891 259
Translator's Notes 284
Index 285
Bibliography & Visiting Guide 287
Acknowledgments & Photo Credits 288
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