Royal Palace: interiors.
original Royal Palace: interiors.
The Royal Palace in the center of Brussels from 1935 ceased to be a residence, but remained the official residence of the Belgian monarchs. The first time it was opened to the public in 1965 on the occasion of the centenary of the death of the first King of the Belgians, Leopold I. But a series of postcards with the interiors of the palace appeared in 1902. Those which can be seen at the annual opening of the palace after July 21, I will show you today, on the eve of the 152 anniversary of the death of Leopold I
Let me remind you that the old palace burned down in 1731, and after half a century the Austrian authorities in its place broke the Lorraine Square (now Royal) and built several neoclassical mansions in front of the Park of Brussels. When in 1815 the Southern and Northern Netherlands were united to the Kingdom of the Netherlands under the control of the Dutch king William I, he needed a palace in Brussels. Although the palace was not built for him from scratch, but by connecting two Austrian-built mansions, the works were completed only by 1829, that is, a year before the Belgian revolution.So the first king of the Belgians, Leopold I, moved into the Austrian-Dutch palace, and his son Leopold II completed and rebuilt the palace at the end of the 19th and early 20th centuries, but also some interiors of the Austrian and Dutch periods remained in the modern palace. Therefore, I will show the interiors in three parts: Austrian (end of XVIII century), Dutch (beginning of XIX) and Leopold II (end of XIX and first two years of XX) on postcards and sometimes modern photographs.
I. the end of the XVIII century
Small White Salon. The interior trim has not changed, but now the portraits of the parents of the first queen of the Belgians, Louise Maria Orleans, are hanging on the walls.
It was in this salon in 2013, on the day of accession to the throne (the oath in the Senate) Philip was taken a photograph of the royal family.
The public had the opportunity to contemplate this photo and the clothes of the King, queen, princes and princesses in which they were photographed, and in which they welcomed people from the balcony of the palace that day.
White Salon. It was used for official audiences of Leopold II, which is probably why portraits of his parents, Leopold I and Marie-Louise, were hanging there in full height.
They are still there.
Modern look for comparison.
Ii.The beginning of XIX
All salons of the Dutch period have changed beyond recognition:
III End of XIX and the first two years of XX.
The Venetian staircase, became such in the era of Leopold II.
And more than recognizable. In my opinion only the chandelier is different.
Marble Hall. (Solovchane be silent). I used to enter the route for the public, but it was dark and I don’t have any photos. It is trimmed with rather dark green marble. Two horse portraits painted by Louis Halle (he also wrote portraits of historical figures for the Senate): Emperor Charles V and Godfried of Bouillon.
Thinker Salon. Named so for the clock of the same name on the fireplace with a sculptural group inspired by the corresponding Michelangelo.
In the photo, this watch is unsharp, as I photographed the furniture. And the parquet can be seen, which is not the same as on the postcard.