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9 Facts About Linderhof Palace

1. Linderhof is the smallest of the three palaces King Ludwig II built, the other two being Herrenchiemsee and Neuschwanstein.
2. On the exact location where Linderhof stands once existed the so-called Königshäuschen, which Ludwig II inherited from his father when he ascended to the throne in 1864. He started expanding the building five years later, and tore it down in 1874 to make a new one. The new rococo style building had an added staircase and three new rooms, and the original wooden exterior was replaced with stone façades. Also, three different kinds of marble were used all throughout Linderhof.
3. An astounding sum of 8, 460, 937 marks was spent in creating the palace.

4. Linderhof was loosely patterned from Versailles, the palace of King Ludwig II’s idol, Louis the Great. The former’s staircase, for one, is the smaller version of the latter’s infamous Ambassador’s Staircase.
5. The sun symbols found in some parts of the palace such as the vestibule’s ceiling is a representation o…

11 Facts About Peterhof Palace, the Russian Versailles

Peterhof Palace is one of the grandest and most visited palace complexes in the world, hailed as the Russian version of France's Versailles and renowned for its fountains. The Palace was built in 1703 upon the orders of Czar Peter the Great to celebrate his victory against Sweden and since then, it was improved by succeeding members of the Imperial Family. Today, it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that welcomes millions of visitors from around the world. Here are fun facts about Peterhof Palace.
1. This wondrous group of gardens and palaces in Peterhof, Saint Petersburg, Russia has been dubbed as the “Russian Versailles”, though many tourists claim Peterhof Palace is incomparable to and is way more majestic than the original Château de Versailles in France.
2. Peter the Great built Peterhof—which translates to “Peter’s Courtyard”—out of his desire to modernize the whole of Russia. His homeland had been known as a primitive and backwards nation for centuries, thus he wanted to cons…

Queen Astrid of Belgium, Sweden's Snow Princess

Queen Astrid of Belgium was perhaps the prettiest and most charming consort during her lifetime. Simple but lovely, she earned the admiration of the Belgians for her love for her adopted land. Alas, her life was cut short by tragedy.
Sofia Lovisa Thyra was born on November 17, 1905 to Prince Carl of Sweden, Duke of Västergötland, and his wife, Princess Ingeborg of Denmark.  She was a princess of Sweden’s House of Bernadotte by birth. As a child, she studied ballet, piano, sewing, childcare, as well as French.
When reached into adulthood, Astrid emerged as one of Europe's most beautiful princesses, attracting a number of eligible princes who tried to win her heart. Her suitors included the future Olav V of Norway and the unfortunate Edward VIII of Britain. In the end, however, she chose Prince Leopold of Belgium, Duke of Brabant.
 Astrid’s and Leopold’s engagement was announced on September of 1926, with King Albert I and Queen Elisabeth of Belgium inviting the press to the Royal …

The Death of Tsar Boris III of Bulgaria

On August 28, 1943, Tsar Boris III of Bulgaria died of apparent heart failure. 13 days after his stressful meeting with Adolf Hitler. His passing was sudden and shocked everyone in the country.His death was marred by suspicion as it was believed that the Tsar was poisoned by the Nazis for his firm refusal to extradite the Jewish Bulgarians and to declare war against Soviet Union.

Many Bulgarians never doubted this claim, because it would placed their dead tsar at a better light and strengthen Bulgaria 's image as a victim of the Nazi's cruelty.
But the Nazis were not the only suspects. A year before, Bulgarian Communist leaders, Generals Loukov, Pantev, and Yanev, were assassinated and it was only natural attribute the king's death to the Communists.
Writing on his diary, Colonel von Schoenebeck, a German attaché in Sofia, claimed that two German doctors who attended the King – Sajitz and Hans Eppinger – both believed that he had died from the same poison that Dr. Epping…
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