Palace Kneuterdijk, The Hague
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Now some pictures of Kneuterdijk Palace in The Hague. The palace was last used by Crownprincess Juliana in the thirties. She donated the palace to the natiopnal comittee of welfare, which was trying to help the unemployed (and of which she was the patron). Now the Counsil of State resides here.
A frontal view of the citypalace that was originally built for the counts van Wassenaer van Obdam:
Another backside view:
King Willem II enlarged the citypalace, probably on the orders of his wife Anna. The Russian Grand Duchess was struck with horror when she arrived inThe Hague to see this palace, so much different form her larger St./ Petersburg palaces. Willem II enlarged the palace with the Gothic Hall, which he designed himself (he was wise to use his talents for different things later IMO):
Pictures 1-3 by Chris Schramm
Picture 4 by art.nl
Three pictures of the interior of the palace.
A hall as it is used now by the counsil of state:
The gothic hall and the original interior:
One of the rooms of the palace:
first picture by Chriss Schramm, the last two by Thijs at the Alexander Palace forum.
1) Part of the palace added by king Willem II, in Gothic style
2) Map of the palace.
1. On a stamp
2. on a sketch, both free of copyrights.
A picture of the former ballroom, copyrights expired:
On occasion of the re-opening of the renovated buildings of the Council of State,the Royal House web has an on-line exhibition of Kneuterdijk Palace,part of the buildings housing the Council of State.
The Palace was ao as the residence of The Prince and Princess of Orange who later became King Willem II and Queen Anna Pavlovna.The King also used it as hid office and added gothis structures to it,much en vogue at the time.
It was also at this Palace that King Willem II signed the Constitution of 1848,drawn by Thorbecke,meaning the end of the Absolute Monarchie and the start of the Constitutional Monarchy we have to this day.A plaque on the side of the Palace reminds of this Act in which the King supposedly changed from an Absolute Monarch into a Liberal overnight.The year 1848 was a year of revolutions in Europe,HM was persuaded to do the best he could do at the time,sign the Constitution.
Link to the online exhibition "virtuele tentoonstelling" of Kneuterdijk Palace.
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Yesterday in the weekly program Blauw Bloed, there was an item about Kneuterdijk Palace. King Willem I purchased the palace for his son, the Prince of Orange and his daughter-in-law Anna Pavlovna Romanova, Grand Duchess of Russia. A costly renovation followed and -there is nothing new under the sun- the costs exploded, but in the end an exceptionally tasteful, comfortable and good-looking palace was the result.
Kneuterdijk Palace has been restored in the last years, to house the Council of State (of which the King is the formal chair). The Council of State is the obligatory adviser which has to be heard about every Bill and is also the highest Court of Administration in the Netherlands. It struck me how immensely spic-and-span the palace looked. I like it that the Dutch have such an eye for their patrimonium.
Like Noordeinde Palace, also Kneuterdijk Palace has the strange effect that it looks very small in front but is way bigger than you would expect: the complex expands in the streetblock behind. Some nice interiors: the Stucco Hall with modern lightplan and impressive copper entrance doors, the Gothic Hall, a former salon with modern wallhangings and lightornaments, a former gallery now serving as an office for the Council of State, the garden hallway with modern wallhangings and light ornaments, etc.
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