Sunday, November 17, 2013

NL-2164037 & NL-1925531

These are two very different cards but they're both from the same castle, the Haar Castle, the biggest in Netherlands, located near Haarzuilens, in the province of Utrecht. 
I've received the 2nd card awhile ago but i'm posting it here again and deleted the older post.

© - the online postcard shop
NL-2164037, sent by Mardi.
The origins of De Haar Castle can be found in the Middle Ages. The medieval  house was founded in the 14th century. In the 15th century the castle was destroyed and rebuilt with its still existing pentagonal floor plan. During the 18th and 19th centuries the castle was abandoned and fell to ruin. 
The young owner baron Etienne van Zuylen van Nijevelt van de Haar acquired the ruin by inheritance in the late 19th century. He decided to rebuild and restore his ancestral home with grandeur. Baron Etienne gave the assignment to the famous Dutch architect Pierre Cuypers, who was well known for the construction and design of Amsterdam Central Station, the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam and more than 90 churches.

 Photo: John M. Vijbrief
NL-1925531, sent by Marensia.
The enormous project started in 1892. The 15th century walls were restored and integrated in the new design. In less than 20 years the impressive building arose, complete with towers, moats, a drawbridge and more than 150 rooms. The new building was built in Neo-Gothic style which was very popular in the 19th century - inspired by the Middle Ages but with modern luxuries. A central heating system, a lift, a modern kitchen, hot and cold running water in most rooms and electrical lighting provided all the luxury the baron and his guests needed during their stays. - in:

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