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Walks: Drottningholm Palace Gardens, Sweden

The Drottningholm Palace Gardens and Park

Drottningholm’s gardens and park are among Sweden’s most prominent contributions to Europe’s garden design and landscaping. As you stroll around, you’ll explore different artistic ideals from various centuries.

The history of the gardens begins when Drottningholm was taken over by the Dowager Queen Hedvig Eleonora in 1661. To help her develop a new pleasure garden, she commissioned Nicodemus Tessin, who was inspired by the French landscape architect André Le Nôtre’s proposal for the Château of Vaux-le Vicomte in France. Tessin was also heavily inspired by the gardens of the Palace Versailles.

The Baroque parterre garden—closest to the palace—has an intricate embroidery design originally inspired by Vaux-le Vicomte. Walking further into the park, you are greeted by a water parterre with ten pools and cascades. Beyond the cascades, there are four hedge groves surrounded by pine hedges, and the finale: a large bush called “the star.” The garden would later receive an outer frame with four linden tree-lined avenues. The oldest lindens are from Hedvig Eleonora’s time.

Walking Tour: Schloss Hof Estate, Lower Austria

This walk near Vienna takes place at beautiful Schloss Hof. Schloss Hof extends over more than 70 hectares in eastern Lower Austria. The splendid ensemble, consisting of the two-story castle, the garden and the manor, is of particular importance in terms of art and cultural history. In 1725, Prince Eugene of Savoy acquired a four-winged castle from the 17th century and had it expanded into a magnificent palace complex. At that time the impressive ensemble of palace, garden and manor complex, which can still be seen today, was created.


Video recorded: October 26, 2021

Tours: The Alhambra Palace, Granada, Spain (4K)

Alhambrapalace and fortress of the Moorish monarchs of GranadaSpain. The name Alhambra, signifying in Arabic “the red,” is probably derived from the reddish colour of the tapia (rammed earth) of which the outer walls were built.

Constructed on a plateau that overlooks the city of Granada, the Alhambra was built chiefly between 1238 and 1358, in the reigns of Ibn al-Aḥmar, founder of the Naṣrid dynasty, and his successors. The splendid decorations of the interior are ascribed to Yūsuf I (died 1354). After the expulsion of the Moors in 1492, much of the interior was effaced and the furniture was ruined or removed. Charles V, who ruled in Spain as Charles I (1516–56), rebuilt portions in the Renaissance style and destroyed part of the Alhambra in order to build an Italianate palace designed by Pedro Machuca in 1526. In 1812 some of the towers were blown up by a French force under Horace-François-Bastien Sébastiani during the Peninsular War (War of Independence), and the rest of the buildings narrowly escaped the same fate. 

Aerial Views: Castles & Palaces Of Europe (8K)

Most Beautiful Castles and Palaces in Europe in 8K Ultra HD.

Video timeline: 00:0000:05 Intro 00:0600:37 Cochem Castle, Germany 00:3800:54 Buchlovice Castle, Czech Republic 00:5501:01 Leeds Castle, England 01:0201:08 Niedzica Dunajec Castle, Poland 01:0901:24 Rumeli Hisar Castle, Istanbul, Turkey 01:2501:44 Wawel Castle, Krakow, Poland 01:4501:56 Torgau castle, Germany 01:5702:03 Wittenberg, Germany 02:0402:23 Neuschwanstein, Germany 02:2402:55 Trakai castle, Lithuania 02:5603:02 Schloss Belvedere, Vienna, Austria 03:0303:27 Conwy, North Wales, United Kingdom 03:2803:35 Bouzov Castle, Czech Republic 03:3603:46 Chillon Castle, Montreux, Switzerland 03:4703:57 Segovia Castle, Spain 03:5804:14 Castle Sigmaringen, Germany 04:1504:34 Versailles Palace, France 04:3504:52 Puslovsky Castle, Belarus 04:5305:08 Alcazaba Fortress, Malaga, Spain 05:0905:19 Lisbon Fortress, Portugal 05:2005:42 Tallinn Fortress, Estonia 05:4305:54 Orava Castle, Slovakia 05:5506:15 Rundale Palace, Latvia 06:1606:26 Chateau du Haut Koenigsbourg, France 06:2706:45 Riga Castle, Latvia 06:4606:54 Swallow’s Nest, Crimea 06:5507:04 Madrid Palace, Spain 07:0507:15 Peniscola fortress, Spain 07:1607:26 Peles Castle, Romania 07:2707:47 Dracula Castle, Bran, Romania 07:4808:09 Corvin Castle, Romania 08:1008:36 Pena Palace, Sintra, Spain 08:3709:18 Malbork Castle, Poland 09:1909:30 Lichtenstein Castle, Germany 09:3109:56 Nesvizh Castle, Belarus 09:5710:07 Hohenzollern, Germany 10:0810:17 Charlottenburg Palace, Berlin, Germany 10:1810:27 Schloss Benrath, Dusseldorf, Germany 10:2810:37 Frombork, Poland 10:3810:50 Gradara fortress, Italy 10:5110:59 Bled, Slovenia 11:0011:08 Tower of London, United Kingdom 11:0911:15 Buda Castle, Hungary 11:1611:35 De Haar, Netherlands 11:3611:54 Kamianets-Podilskyi, Ukraine 11:5512:05 Vranov Nad Dyji, Czech Republic 12:0612:22 Ljubljana, Slovenia 12:2312:34 Buchloc Castle, Czech Republic 12:3512:45 Salzburg, Austria 12:4613:05 Pieskowa Skala, Poland 13:0613:19 Kilarney, Ireland 13:2013:43 Eilean Donan, United Kingdom 13:4414:30 Nowy Wisnicz, Poland

Tours: Seven Stunning Castles In Germany (Video)

Discover seven of Germany’s beautiful palaces and castles from a bird’s-eye view! Our Flying Guide takes you to Sanssouci Palace in Potsdam, Heidelberg Castle, Schwerin Castle, Marienburg Castle, Sigmaringen Castle, Ludwigsburg Palace and Lichtenstein Castle. Come check out these architectural gems in Germany!

Books: ‘Forbidden City – The Palace at the Heart of Chinese Culture’ (Video)

For more than six centuries, the Forbidden City has awed all those who have travelled from near and far to explore its 900 golden-roofed buildings, set amid moats, gardens, and plazas, where thousands of people lived and worked in service of the world’s largest and most sophisticated pre-modern empire. Marco Polo called it “the greatest Palace that ever was;” Simon Leys praised its architectural genius; and Franz Kafka viewed it as an impressive yet alarming symbol of power.

In this compelling addition to Assouline’s Ultimate Collection, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Ian Johnson guides readers through the magnificent and storied palace built by China’s Yongle Emperor to serve as the seat of the Ming dynasty. Weaving in history and events of the past six centuries and featuring more than 100 photographs, artworks, and historical artifacts, this luxury tome conjures life in this imperial sphere—a small city unto itself, in which soldiers, eunuchs, concubines, and merchants resided alongside the royalty they served. A stunning homage to the grand beauty of one of the most complex structures in all of history, Forbidden City reveals that 600 years after its construction, this royal monument endures as the physical and spiritual heart of Chinese civilization. This volume is presented in a regal, glossy red box reminiscent of traditional Chinese lacquerware, and that features a delicately carved map of the Forbidden City’s grounds.

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Art History Video: “Travels With a Curator – Lazienki Palace” In Warsaw (Frick)

In this episode of “Travels with a Curator,” we travel to Warsaw, Poland, with Xavier F. Salomon, Peter Jay Sharp Chief Curator. Xavier enchants us with the romantic Łazienki Park and Palace, also known as the Palace on the Isle. The idyllic gardens and ornately decorated interior spaces are similar in many ways to our own Frick mansion. One of the Frick’s Rembrandt paintings, “The Polish Rider,” once hung in the royal apartments on the second floor.