Monday, May 21, 2018

Europe RR - Group 119 * Castles & Palaces

For this group of the Europe RR, Ferenc and Gerald sent me new palaces from Hungary and Germany. 

The Festetics Palace is a Baroque palace located in the town of Keszthely, Zala, Hungary. The building now houses the Helikon Palace Museum.
The palace's construction, started by Kristóf Festetics in 1745, lasted more than a century. During this time, the palace, built at first on the foundations of a ruined castle, was tripled in size in two subsequent building campaigns, most recently in the 1880s, to designs by Viktor Rumpelmayer, living in Vienna.
When Rumpelmayer died in 1885, the work was carried to completion by architects Gusztáv Haas and Miksa Paschkisch. The result is one of the three largest country houses in Hungary.
Unlike the surrounding area, the palace was not damaged during World War II. The palace has housed an independent museum (Helikon Palace Museum) since 1974; it is visited by 200,000 people each year. - in: wikipedia

Photography by Ulrike Romeis
Meersburg Castle in Meersburg on Lake Constance in Baden-Württemberg, Germany is the oldest inhabited castle in Germany. 
Parts of it do date back to AD 630 and its foundation by Dagobert I, last of the great Frankish Merovingian kings. Most of it, however, only dates back as far as the 12th century and from the 13th century on it served as a seat for the Prince-Bishops of Konstanz. 
The castle is privately owned. It has been open to the public as a museum since 1878.

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