December 12th, 2007 – by: fluturas
The first architects Wilhelm Doderer from Wien, and Johannes Schultz from Lvov , gave to the castle the features of the German Renaissance style: vertical and sharp profiles, asymetry of the corps, abundance of carved wood and integration into the landscape. The official inauguration took place on October the 7th 1883.
The changes and the enlargements of the initial outlook were realised by the Czech architect Karel Liman, who leaded the building operations, until the death of the king in1914. Taking into consideration the advice of King Carol, a very calculated personality, and those of Queen Elizabeth's (Carmen Sylva was her pen name) the architects of the castle managed to build up a synthesis of style, which is also found in the interior decoration.
It is dominated by the same elements of the German neo-Renaissance, combined with other styles, such as the resumption of the Italian Rennaissance, the German Baroque, Roccoco, Hispanic-Moorish and Turkish styles, and Art Nouveau. In this respect one can admire the rich and elegant rooms, and the valuable collections which belonged to the royal family. The artistic patrimony can be divided into the following categories: carved wooden decoration, furniture, stained glass windows, the collections of art (plastic and decorative arts) and weapons. The furniture contains originals from the 16th-20th centuries characteristic to different styles of the european and oriental decoratives arts, and others realized in very well known european workshops during the 19th century.
The Peles Castle owns more than 4000 from the 15th-19th centuries, all of them having historical, artistical and documentary value. The stained glass windows of the building are remarkable and at the same time they form a unitary ensamble, with decorative elements of the era. In the domain of plastic art, one can notice original paintings integrated into specific of the castle (signed by Gustav and Ernst Klimt, Frantz Matsch, Dora Hitz and Queen Elizabeth) genuine works (signed by Tiepolo, Cornelius de Wael, Correggio) and a series of reproductions made after famous painters. The collection of decorative art contains both glass work, pieces of faiance, porcelain, precious metal and various medals, decorations and coins with a great memorial and documentary value. The visitor of the Peles Castle has the opportunity to know a page of Romania's history and to admire the artistic patrimony of this museum.