Mirror, Mirror, and the Walls

The Mirror Cabinet, Rosenborg Castle, Copenhagen, Denmark

Royal Reflections

The Mirror Cabinet in Rosenborg Castle in Copenhagen, Denmark, was furnished for Christian V. (1670-1699). It was the king’s dressing room, accessed up a winding stairs from his bedchamber on the floor below. Visitors were reflected in the ceiling, the walls and in the oval mirror in the floor.  During the Baroque period, the King’s suite often had mirrored cabinets, normally connected to the bedroom. The covered glass cup with the crown finial was produced in Nøstetangen, c. 1750.

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Monochrome In Color

Dome, Side Chapel, Roskilde Cathedral, Denmark

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Black and White in Color

Heavenly Geometry

Dome over future tomb of Queen Margrethe II of Denmark, Roskilde Cathedral, Denmark

The dome over the side chapel which holds the future tomb of Queen Margrethe II of Denmark in Roskilde Cathedral, Denmark. Roskilde Cathedral is the site of the Denmark’s royal burials. Domes have long been associated with burials and tombs. They are said to be a reflection of the heavens and the cosmos.

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Ceiling Decoration, Queen’s Boudoir, Palace of Queluz (Palácio de Queluz),

Ceiling decoration from the Queen’s Boudoir in the Palace of Queluz (Palácio de Queluz), an 18th-century Portuguese rococo palace, located at Queluz, now a suburb of Lisbon. Construction began in 1747 as a summer retreat for Dom Pedro of Braganza. He later married  his niece, Maria  (December 1734–March 1816). In 1777, Maria became Dona Maria I, Queen of Portugal, Brazil and the Algarves; Dom Pedro became king consort. The early years of Maria’s reign were successful, but following Dom Pedro’s death in 1786, she grew increasingly unstable, suffering from religious mania and melancholia. Her mental illness made her incapable of handling state affairs after 1792. In 1794, Queen Maria and her court took up official residence at Queluz, where she could be shielded from the public. Queluz Palace remained the official residence of the Portuguese prince regent John V, Maria’s eldest son, and the royal family although he ruled from Lisbon and the palace at Mafra. In 1807 the royal family, including Maria, fled to the Portuguese colony of Brazil following the French invasion of Portugal. Maria died in Brazil in 1816; she was known as Maria the Pious (in Portugal), or Maria the Mad (in Brazil).

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CB&W: Letter S or T

Stained Glass

Stained glass windows on side door, San Jerónimo el Real (St. Jerome the Royal), Roman Catholic church, Madrid, Spain

Stained glass windows on side door in San Jerónimo el Real (St. Jerome the Royal), a Roman Catholic church dating from the early 16th-century in Madrid. First built in 1503, the church has undergone numerous restorations and additions over the centuries. At one time, it served as the Royal Church and was the site of  the investitures of the kings and queens. It stands across the street from the Prado Museum, originally  part of the Buen Retiro Palace.

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Fit For A Queen

Staircase, Iolani Palace, Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii

Staircase, Iolani Palace, Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii

Koa wood staircase in ‘Iolani Palace, home of King David Kalākaua and his sister Queen Liliʻuokalani, the last reigning monarchs of the Kingdom of Hawaii.  (Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii) Kalākaua was the first Hawaiian ruler to travel extensively and he admired the royal palaces he saw in Europe. He commissioned a new palace in the late 1870’s. Following the overthrow of the monarchy in 1893 and annexation by the United States, the palace became a government building and later the state capitol. Years of remodeling and neglect led to deterioration of the former royal residence. The palace has been loving restored over many years by the Friends of the ‘Iolani Palace and is open to the public. It is worth a visit if you are in Honolulu.


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