Bavarian Neuschwanstein Castle

The dining-room here is red, and the table is noticeably small. The King rarely gave a banquet and loathed state functions, in fact he seldom appeared in public, and usually made the excuse of not being well. The throne-room can have but one critism; it is overdone. The pillars are of marble and the walls are magnificently frescoed and richly gilded. There is no throne in this room as the King died before the palace was finished. Besides these apartments there are others in green and gold, purple, gray and silver.

Many of the tables are of priceless lapis lazuli, buhl and malachite, and the wonderful clocks will be marveled at ubtill the end of the time. Ludwig believed extravagance a divine right of kings, and the less money he had, the more he spent. The wall of his Neuschwanstein bedroom were exquisitely carved, as well as the bed; in fact, this wood carving looks like lace work. The water on the toilet-table poured into a golden bowl from the neck of a golden swan. Yet with all fairy-like splendor, what a pathetic example the melancholy King was of the "boast of heraldy and the pomp of power"

The basic style was originally planned to be neo-Gothic but the palace was primarily built in Romanesque style in the end. The operatic themes moved gradually from Tannhäuser and Lohengrin to Parsifal.

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