A Palace fit for a Queen – Buckingham Palace

September 20, 2016 Moniek 0

Buckingham Palace is perhaps one of the most recognizable landmarks. The building dates from 1703 when it was named Buckingham House. It was owned by the Duke of Buckingham until King George III purchased it for his growing family with Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz. Most of their children were born there, including Augusta Sophia of the United Kingdom, Elizabeth of [read more]

The remains of Coudenberg Palace

July 29, 2016 Moniek 0

Next to the Royal Palace in Brussels is the Belvue Museum, which coincidently is also the entrance to the remains of the Coudenberg Palace, which stood at the spot of the Royal Palace until its destruction by a fire in 1731. It was here that Margaret of Austria handed over power to Charles V, Holy [read more]

Scenes from the Royal Palace of Brussels

August 21, 2015 Moniek 0

A few weeks ago I was in Brussels for the Cathedral of Saint Michael and Saint Gudula, but while I was walking towards the station, I remembered that the Royal Palace is also open during the summer months. It’s pretty close to Brussels Central station, and I walked there. It’s quite an imposing palace, and [read more]

A hotel at the Palace of Versailles?

August 19, 2015 Moniek 0

Once upon a time, royalty lived at the Palace of Versailles, but now it’s visited by over seven million people a year. However, government funding has been slashed, and Versailles has been looking for a way to raise revenue. Right now the Palace is inviting bids from companies to begin a hotel in three 17th [read more]

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