The Throne Room in Schloss Neuschwanstein is unmatched as a symbolic expression of the tragic destiny which befell King Ludwig II of Bavaria. Its design and construction tell a unique story about a man who, from his birth in 1845, was repeatedly a source of enigma and who has entered history as the „fairy-tale king".
Built in the Byzantine style between 1879 and 1887, this sacred two-storey interior reflects Ludwigs ideas on the divine right of kings. It was a view of his status which inevitably collided with the political world of a constitutional monarchy, but which he attempted to play out in his own chosen role as a „medieval king". If the Throne Room at Neuschwanstein failed to match the requirements of a sovereign by Gods Grace, it encouraged Ludwig II to cultivate his vision of redemption from all sin.
Although the Throne Room makes so many allusions to the Middle Ages, it could never have been constructed without technical accomplishments which evolved in the latter half of the 19th century. Cast iron columns, H-girders and an iron frame for the dome are indications that the "fairy-tale king" needed the help of contemporary technology to turn his dreams to stone.
|The Throne Room in Schloss Neuschwanstein.
Ludwig II of Bavaria and his vision of Divine Right
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