film: ludwig ii

Venus Grotto in Ludwig II's Linderhof Palace

“The grotto is wholly artificial and was built for the king as an illustration of the First Act of Wagner’s ”Tannhäuser“. Ludwig liked to be rowed over the lake in his golden swan-boat but at the same time he wanted his own Blue Grotto of Capri. Therefore 24 dynamos had been installed and so already in the time of Ludwig II it was possible to illuminate the grotto in changing colours.”

He is unfortunately so beautiful and wise, soulful and lordly, that I fear his life must fade away like a divine dream in this base world… You cannot imagine the magic of his regard: if he remains alive it will be a great miracle!
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Richard Wagner, upon meeting King Ludwig II of Bavaria

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- I will remain as pure as the Swan Knight. 

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Get to Know me Meme, Royalist Edition

[1/7] Palaces/Castles -Neuschwanstein Castle

Neuschwanstein Castle is a 19th Century Palace built in southwest Bavaria. It was built in the Romanesque Revival style for the Bavarian King, Ludwig II. The eccentric ruler had it built both as a retreat for himself and as an homage to the works of Richard Wagner, of whom he was very fond. Work began on the castle in 1869, and was not complete at the time of Ludwig’s death in 1886. It was opened to the public as a tourist attraction not long after, and is technically considered unfinished as there was not a clear concept of what was planned for all the rooms and structures when the King died. Over a million people visit it now every year, and it has been the inspiration for numerous other castles, including the famous Sleeping Beauty Castle in Disneyland.

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Ludwig II - in short - a dreamy king figure, strongly influenced by medieval sagas, Arthurian legends and Wagner’s opus, created a 5.000m2 recluse where he could live in his own reality.

He built the Neuschwanstein Castle - a romanesque revival architectural masterpiece. It’s walls, from the lower halls to the ceilings of the upmost floor are decorated with murals telling all those stories that helped him escape the mundane reality he detested.