June 4, 2011

Peles Castle III - Reflections

Yesterday I showed you the exterior of this ravishing summer palace for the royalty of Romania. Today I bring you indoors again, for just a few glimpses of the many styles of mirrors in this 160-room castle. The reflections are for the community over at James' Weekend Reflections.

This first mirror is the tallest in the castle, reaching over five meters. The story is told that it came from Venice by boat, up the Danube all the way to Giurgiu, and was taken over land by oxcart the rest of the 200+ kms up into the mountains to Sinaia.

 Sinaia, Romania, 2011

Both the Murano glass mirror and the Rococo style mirror are worth enlarging for a closer look at exquisite details.


The first large wood-framed mirror below is found in the hall of mirrors, while small mirrors graced the corners of the stunning tapestries in the oriental style guest room.


In case you missed my long shot of the castle two days ago, here is another one reflected in the window of our car with yours truly behind the camera.


Would you be interested to see more of the interior?

14 comments:

Kay L. Davies said...

Wonderful mirrors, although I wouldn't want to have to dust that rococo style one, Francisca. I love the last photo, of you and the castle in the car window!
Yes, yes, yes, more interior shots. What a fabulous place, although my eyes would get dizzy in that tapestry guest room.
— K

Kay, Alberta, Canada
An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

jabblog said...

Oh, these are splendid! I find it hard to understand how mirrors - and all glass, really - survive through the centuries. No bubble wrap or other careful wrapping - just people doing what they're paid (poorly) to do. Wonderful photos - but would we expect anything less? Well done,again:-)

'Tsuki said...

Well it a quite a rich set of picture : all this gold gives some vertigo... But my favourite shot is the last one : it is so spontaneous, the colors are so vivid on it... Well done.

Carola said...

The last one is my favorite, like to see you and that beautiful castle.

Sylvia K said...

Awesome captures of an incredibly beautiful place, Francisca! I love it and particularly all the mirrors! I, too, am glad I don't have to clean them and it is amazing how they have survived for so long! Marvelous! Enjoy your weekend!

Sylvia

Lesley said...

I wonder how long it took to get that mirror from Venice? Perhaps in our instant gratification world today no one would have the patience to wait for something to be so carefully carried over sea and mountain!

Ms. Becky said...

those mirrors are stunners with all that decoration. they are exquisite, as you say. I do like that shot of you in the car window. have a great weekend Francisca!

cieldequimper said...

Brilliant. Am I allowed to sigh... AGAIN? :-)

Dimple said...

Opulent, that's what theses are, opulent. And gorgeous!

forgetmenot said...

All of the posts on Peles Castle are great. The chandeliers are magnificent,and I love the outside architecture. Your "painted dish" post was terrific--as you said, "what a creative way to add some color". What a nice blog you have. Have a lovely Sunday. Mickie :)

EG Wow said...

Lovely reflections, Francisca. WOW! 160 rooms?

Jacob said...

Reminds me quite a bit of the Palais de Versailles! Gorgeous statuary, mirrors, paintings, decor...!

Kaori said...

Oh Francisca, your photos make me feel like a princess! There are so many different mirrors...lovely :D

JM said...

This series is amazing! What a place! Love all posts but the ceiling and chandeliers shots are my favourites. Great compositions!