An infrared photo of a statue outside the Kungliga Operan (Royal Opera House) in Stockholm, Sweden.
A nearby plaque reads: “This statue, which depicts King Gustav II Adolf (1594-1632, king from 1611), was Sweden’s first equestrian statue, and the history of its origin is long and complicated. It was commissioned in 1757 by the Riksdag from the sculptor Pierre Hubert L’Archevêque (1721-1778). However, the Riksdag rejected his first attempt and a new statue was produced.
The complex bronze casting was not carried out until 1779. The casting process was not successful, and improvements needed to be carried out before the statue could be put into position in 1791. Another five years of work were then required before the monument could finally be unveiled on 17 November 1796.
The group on the plinth was sculpted by Johan Tobias Sergel (1740-1814), a student of L’Archevêque.”
The Neuschwanstein Castle really looks like a fairytale castle. It was built in the 19th century in southern Bavaria close to town of Fussen, in a time when castles no longer had strategical and defensive purposes.
The palace was commissioned by Ludwig II of Bavaria as a retreat and as an homage to German composer Richard Wagner.
The castle was intended as a personal refuge for the reclusive king, but it was opened to the paying public immediately after his death in 1886.
Since then more than 61 million people have visited Neuschwanstein Castle. More than 1.3 million people visit annually, with as many as 6,000 per day in the summer.
The construction of the Neuschwanstein castle began in 1869, and originally it was projected to last three year. But Ludwig II wanted the castle to be perfect, so the immense building was not finished even at Ludwig’s death in 1886.
Neuschwanstein Castle has a very beautiful inner garden surrounded by a walled courtyard. It even has an artificial cave. Neuschwanstein’s interior is as beautiful as it’s outside.