There was a time in Europe, in the final years of the 19th century, when architecture did not know very well which path to take and there were different paths of development. One of them was the eclecticism that drank from all kinds of sources of inspiration. There are examples throughout the continent for all tastes. There is the inspiration in the iron and the new materials of the National Library of Paris. There is the tribute to the East and the Indian colonies in the Royal Pavilion in Brighton. Or there is the crazy architecture of the Portuguese city of Sintra.
Well, here we bring you another extraordinary example of the most historicist eclecticarchitecture that can be seen in Europe. It is the Neuschwanstein Castle in the region of Bavaria, south of Germany.
A work designed by the architect Christian Jank and which was built over several years, between 1869 and 1886. A long duration due to the complexity of the work and also for its location at the top of a wooded hill that is integrated into the territory of the Bavarian Alps.
In reality, that forest and all its surroundings can be considered to be part of the architectural work, since it is like the grandiose setting on which this fortified-looking palace stands. It should be noted that in the design of thiscastle was directly involved King Ludwig of Bavaria, with all that that entails in terms of his delusions of grandeur.
In fact, he had a set built that evokes the impregnable fortresses of another time, but that he would never have to defend in battle in his time. It is more a fantasy palace than a castle (the truth is that Neuschwanstein Castle has always been one of the references that inspired W alt Disney in its famous logo that can be seen in their movies or in their amusement parks).
To build the exterior and also the interior of this residence to the king, its architects and decorators were worth any reference. The only requirement is that you like it aesthetically, regardless of creating any visual unity or that it be more or less functional. For that reason in this Palace of Neuschwanstein we find references to Gothic art, but also to Byzantine and other more exotic memories. Without forgetting that also the aesthetics of romanticism in which it returns to referents of Germanic mythology.
Quite a waste of constructive show. A construction typical of a fairy tale, which certainly knows how to integrate while standing out in the landscape environment where it arises.