August 31, 2011

T is for Theatre - Peles Castle IV

It's time for Alphabe-Thursday and the letter is T. My T today is for theatre... that is theater for my American blogger friends. 

While I often use American spelling, in my mind, the King's English befits this word. Especially so when the subject of my post is the elaborate private theatre in the gorgeous Peles Castle in Romania I visited last May (first introduced here and here). 

The theatre, built in the style of Louis XIV, holds sixty seats.  

We were not allowed in the room, so these are only quick walk-by shots taken from the door.

 Sinaia, Romania, 2011

This second photo is very similar, but I wanted to show you as much as possible, as I find this mellow yellow room quite extraordinary. Enlarge the photos to take a closer look at the murals painted by the Austrian Art Nouveau duo Gustav Klimt and Franz Matsch. I'm sorry I didn't stop to take better photos of the murals, but believe me, this palace produces sensory overload!


A final piece of historical trivia: the first motion picture in Romania was viewed in this room in 1906.

27 comments:

Vintagesouthernlife said...

Simply gorgeous! I can't imagine seeing it in real life.

Annesphamily said...

This is such a beautiful post! I enjoyed the photos and your writing! Terrific! Anne

Oakland Daily Photo said...

Incredibly elegant room. I had no idea that Klimt did murals.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

I can believe the sensory overload. I agree with you on the British spelling being more fitting -- this definitely is a theatre!

cieldequimper said...

I've never spelled it any different - blame my English upbringing!

This is a real treat. Oh Klimt...

Do they organise concerts or plays there?

sarah said...

Hi,
It's a gorgeous theater. Art Nouveau of Klimt matches in the style of Louis well. I've never been to Peles Castle but I'd like to go there once. It's a beautiful castle. Thank you for sharing a nice information.
Sarah.

Stacia said...

Sensory overload is right! We visited Peles Castle this summer, and after a few rooms, it was like, "More murals? Meh. More ornate gilding? Meh. More shiny chadeliers? Meh." Even still, what a beautiful place!

Kala said...

Beautifully ornate interior. Should definitely be viewed large.

PⒿ @ $ € € ₦$ ₣®0₥... said...

Lavish and ornate - beautiful! Imagine being a fly on the wall in days gone by.....

Halcyon said...

Beautiful! Love the colors.

JDaniel4's Mom said...

This is such a gorgeous space! It is so elegant.

joo said...

Eh, Peles Castle! Isn't it a dream like place?

Judie said...

What a beautiful place. I love fancy theaters. There's so much to see while one is waiting for the performance to begin! Great post!!

ladyfi said...

What a magnificent theatre!

jabblog said...

Extraordinarily elegant and interesting theatre.

Evelyn said...

Very nice.

Anita Johnson said...

So beautiful...and I would be happy to pay to see these rooms, with or without a movie showing!

Pat Tillett said...

It's not a style I'd like to live in, but man 'o man, that is some amazing work! It's pure art...

Pondside said...

What a jewel box of a theatre. The paintings near the ceiling are so beautiful. I'm imagining turn-of-the-century music lovers in all their finery!

☆☆Mumsy said...

Oh my gosh, what a beautiful theater! It's so elegant, rich-feel, and full of history!

Gorgeous photos...

Kaori said...

That is a very elaborate theater! I love seeing the details after clicking on your photos. Just very curious how comfortable those benches are...haha.

Gattina said...

Must be beautiful to see it life !

jennyfreckles said...

That is elegant. It always amazes me what lengths they went to to decorate theatres - when for most of the time the lights are dimmed and you can't see them!

Birgit said...

Lovely theatre/theater! :)

Greetings from Germany,
Birgit

PS: See my T post here! :)

lulumusing said...

I would like to see the theatre just for the murals? Is it still used?

Jenny said...

What a magnificent theatre (er) that is quite unlike the one my husband and I went to yesterday to watch 'The Help'.

What lovely architecture.

This looks like a terrific place to go for entertainment.

Thanks for sharing it.

A+

JM said...

I'm in awe at the Gustav Klimt paintings! I have only seen one his works so far (Prague), but I'm a big fan.