Sunday, July 13, 2014

Schwerin Castle - Germany

The 2nd of these Schwerin Castle cards was in my favorites wall for a very long time, hoping to get it someday. A few days ago I've finally got it, thanks to Michèle and then, in the same week, i've got a a 2nd card of the same castle but sent as an official. 
This romantic fairytale fortress, with all its many towers, domes and wings, is reflected in the waters of Lake Schwerin. It was completed in 1857 and symbolised the powerful dynasty of its founder, Friedrich Franz II.
DE-3274169, sent by Silvia.
Set in a romantic location on a small island in Lake Schwerin, Schwerin Castle is one of Europe's foremost examples of historicist architecture. The island location chosen for the original Slav stronghold, first documented in 973, offers many strategic advantages. But the current five-wing castle owes its current appearance to Grand Duke Friedrich Franz II of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, who commissioned it to be rebuilt.

Foto: - Jochen Knobloch * © Schöning GmbH & Co. KG 
The architects involved were the finest of their age: 653 rooms are contained within this work of magnificence, most of them with marquetry floors, exquisite carvings, gilding and ceiling stucco work. The pièce de résistance is the throne room, with columns made from Carrara marble and gilded cast-iron doors. Then there is the splendid ancestral gallery, the dining room with its intricate panelling and the round tower room, designed as a garden salon, which offers a panoramic view of the lake. An exceptional porcelain collection and regular concerts complete the long list of highlights. A special part of the appeal, however, lies within the baroque gardens that surround the castle, which is now also home to the regional government. - in:

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