Het Loo Palace is one of the most beautiful palace complexes in Europe, with a rich 300-year history andmagnificent interior decoration, that gives you the opportunity to imagine the life of the royal family of the 17th century.
This palace and park complex includes features of different times and styles, but the two main ones are classicism and baroque. The palace is somewhat reminiscent of the French Versailles.
Located in the forest, the palace was the residence of the royal family of Orange-Nassauuntil 1962. In the rooms of the palacethere are various personal items, costumes, and household items of several generations of the Orange-Nassau, telling the story about the way of life, occupations, habits and hobbies of the members of the royal family.
Until 1962,the real royal life was boiling here – the princesses were riding on the backs of white horses in the park, the princes were chasing the ball on the lawns in front of the palace, and Queen Wilhelmina was painting pictures out in the open air. Here, the daughter of the Russian Emperor Paul the First – Anna Pavlovna got married to the heir of the ruling Nassau-Orange dynasty – Willem II. Anna Pavlovna spent a lot of time in Het Loo, enjoying the charm of the park with its magnificent fountains.
Wilhelmina was the last of the queens who lived in Het Loo. Two years before her death, in 1960, she ordered to transfer the Palace to the state. And in 1984 a museum was opened here; in addition to the main collection, the national library of the Orange dynasty was assembled.
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