Het Loo regains its luster, with local quirks

Paleis Het Loo will reopen this weekend after an extensive renovation, and an underground expansion will follow under the front yard in 2023. Then the Het Loo will be all set again. Even with a construction helmet on, I tasted it and visited the beautiful rooftop terrace, which is now very accessible.

Go and see, for from this high point the gardens unfold like a damask tablecloth. Here the visitor gets an unparalleled view of the classic French parterres de broderie† A jigsaw you tell yourself. You can’t get more ownership, at least not in our areas. The Paleis Het Loo Gardens are the heyday of Dutch garden architecture and now that interest in gardening and gardening has increased, the museum now has huge assets.

It was Prince-Stadtholder Frederick Hendrik who initiated the design of the royal garden. With the huge, sadly lost Honselaarsdijk gardens, which sprang up around 1630, the House of Orange gave the young republic international appeal. And it was Frederick Henry’s grandson, William III, who summoned the English ambassador to this green pleasure garden, Honselaarsdijk, to announce that he was ready to marry the English Mary Stuart, which took place in London in 1677. Returning to Holland, the new couple made plans to build the Paleis Het Loo their new one, which was completed in 1686.

Two years later, William sailed back to England. This time with 53 warships and 20,000 soldiers, to overthrow his Catholic father-in-law in a Glorious Revolution and “to restore the laws and liberties of that country.” Shortly thereafter, William and Mary were crowned King and Kings of both England and Scotland on April 11, 1689 at Westminster Abbey.

Photo: Dewertje Bravenbauer
Picture of Dieuwertje Bravenboer
Photo: Dewertje Bravenbauer

To underscore their newly acquired status, the famous royal couple adapted the gardens of Het Loo à la mode Française. This goût français Introduced by the French Huguenot refugee Daniel Marot, who immersed himself in various colors of pebbles, figurines and ornate embroidery a piece of the environment Colossal fountain with the highest jet in all of Europe. And even if the fountain is less powerful these days, Het Loo Gardens remains a feast for the eye, as well as for other senses, it’s like real time. Placer Park. Royal rivalry knew no bounds, whether in war or in the construction of palaces and gardens. Jean-Baptiste Colbert, chief advisor to Louis XIV, advised, “His Majesty knows that in the absence of war activities, nothing expresses the greatness and spirit of the King as well as the building.” And it is precisely this grandeur that made the Gardens of Versailles an enviable example for royalty throughout Europe.

Delft blue garden vases

Versailles is too big for me and luckily Het Loo is less by an ounce l’état, c’est moi. Here, the bowl is Dutch with local idiosyncrasies, like the large blue Delft garden vases, which are arranged in carefully replicated replicas of the original 17th-century models. Not French, but Italian, beloved in Queen Mary’s native land, is the strange shell cave in logic body. Shell caves are rare in the Netherlands and it is good to open them to everyone.

Queen Mary never enjoyed it. Childless, she died quite unexpectedly of smallpox in 1695, when the cave was not yet ready. Willem swore that “there is no better person alive than she.” In 1702, the owner of the king himself died after his horse stumbled over a hill and the king fell to the ground. An era without guards had begun and it would take a long time before Het Loo regained its shine.

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