Thursday, 28 August 2014

Germany: King Ludwig II

On 16th August arrived the 14 cards I sent to myself when I recently visited Bavaria.

One of the cards shows a painting by Ferdinand von Piloty showing King Ludwig II. King Ludwig II was born in 1845 in the Nymphenburg Palace in Munich. He spent his childhood in Hohenschwangau Castle. After the death of his father he became King of Bavaria in 1864. He built the three palaces Linderhof, Neuschwanstein and Herrenchiemsee and the King's House on Schachen. He was also a big supporter and patron of Richard Wagner and helped him to build his Festspielhaus in Bayreuth. In 1870 he offered William I the imperial crown with the Kaiserbrief. In 1886 he was placed under disability. Short after his incapacitation he died in an uncleared context in the Lake Starnberg.

Glücksburg Castle (from set of two) (issued 02-01-2013)

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