Right where do I begin?
So, the Neuschwanstein Castle was constructed in a village named Hohenschwangau near Füssen in southwest Bavaria, Germany. What made the building of this magnificent castle a task was that it was to be on a rugged hill – hence not flat land, very difficult indeed.
King Ludwig II ordered architects Eduard Riedel, Christian Jank & Georg von Dollmann. Theres not much on these architects so let me give a brief insight about what I learnt of this magnificent castle.
Neuschwanstein is a nineteenth century building with a (get this) Romanesque revival feel to it. Now this is what Romanesque structures entail – it’s a style of medieval Europe characterised by semi-circular arches. Inspired by the 11th & 12th century Romanesque architecture. Distinct from the historic Romanesque style, revival buildings tend to feature more simplified arches & windows than their historic counterparts.
There’s most certainly a gothic touch to these buildings too!
Moving swiftly on, white limestone was used for the front of the castle along with sandstone bricks for the portals (which are an opening in a wall of a building, gate or fortification, especially a grand entrance to an important structure). Marble from Untersberg was used for the windows along with the arch ribs & columns. Phew one never realises the strenuous hours, immense workload & effort put into the construction of such a thing!
The two largest rooms in the Palace/Castle are :
The Hall of the Singers, followed by the Throne Hall. But before pics shall I add some wiki love? Yee why not 🙂
Hall of the Singers is located in the eastern, court-side wing of the Palas, on the fourth floor above the king’s lodgings. It is designed as an amalgamation of two rooms of the Wartburg: The Hall of the Singers & the Ballroom. It was one of the king’s favorite projects for his palace,
The Throne Hall is situated in the west wing of the Palas. Occupying the third & fourth floors. Julius Hofmann modelled it after the Allerheiligen-Hofkirche in Munich . On three sides it is surrounded by colorful arcades, ending in an apse that was intended to hold Ludwig’s throne – which was never completed. The throne dais is surrounded by paintings of Jesus (Pbuh), the Twelve Apostles and six canonized kings. The mural paintings were created by Wilhelm Hauschild. The floor mosaic was completed after the king’s death & chandelier is fashioned after a Byzantine crown. Pretty awesome .. right?
Merci mes chers ! How extraordinary is this castle? It is literally a dream. Apparently Sleeping beauty was filmed here or they depicted this castle in the Disney movie? Please someone let me know as im not 100% sure !! Thankies ❤
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