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His life his work


His work

Chapter 2




The idea of this project goes back up in 1867, when, during a journey in France, Ludwig II visited the castle of Pierrefonds. The idea to mix this neogothic architectural style to that, medieval, of Wartburg in Thuringia gave a blazing result, ceaselessly reshaped by set decorators, as Christian Jank among others.

The laying of first stone took place on September 5th, 1869. The fortress which was going to be born by its only will would grow in the place of an ancient burg: “Vorder” and “Hinter Hohenschwangau.” The name of Neuschwanstein was given to the building only the year of the death of the king in 1886. To there, it will be about the ” new castle of Hohenschwangau “.

The king will follow step by step this birth, by suggesting, by imposing, by drawing, by retouching on multiple occasions, indefatigably, until the result leads of itself: the masterpiece. Mix various styles that only the king will know how to compose successfully, this castle will be the emblem and the sacred vision of the power according to Ludwig II. Every room, every detail will have its symbolic importance, betraying here and there the intimacy of his builder. If his bedroom is a celebration of the ideal love according to Tristan and Isolde, the study is as for him a tribute to Tannhaüser succumbing to the charms of Venus, embodiment of the woman and the sensual love about which dreams Ludwig, consciously or not. It is in this place so strictly bound to his deeper ego that Ludwig will live the most dramatic hours of his life during his arrest.

The castle was opened from 1st in August, 1886, is one and a half month after its death, and it is “desecrated”, since, by millions of tourists.

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