photo sharing and upload picture albums photo forums search pictures popular photos photography help login
Type your message and click Add Comment
It is best to login or register first but you may post as a guest.
Enter an optional name and contact email address. Name
Name Email
help private comment
Helen Betts | profile | all galleries >> Around Hungary >> Hungary's Sumptuous Esterházy Palace tree view | thumbnails | slideshow

Hungary's Sumptuous Esterházy Palace

Built in 1720 as a hunting lodge, Esterházy Palace was expanded to enormous proportions in 1770. It was severely damaged in World War II and is currently undergoing restoration, so not a lot of it was open, but what was, was gorgeous. (It has 126 rooms; we have seen around 27 of them.) It was built by the Esterházy family, one of the richest and most powerful in Hungary for three centuries. Joseph Haydn lived here from 1766 to 1790. The palace had two opera houses, one which seated 400, where Haydn conducted performances of his work. It's located in the present-day town of Fertőd, close to Lake Fertő, shared by both Hungary and Austria.

For more information on the palace go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eszterháza and for an excellent image showing the size of the palace in 1730 see http://www.esterhazy-palace.com/en/history/the_esterhazy_family.html

NOTE: NEWEST PICTURES FROM MOST RECENT VISIT (October 2012) ARE AT THE END OF THE GALLERY.
Esterházy Palace, front gate
Esterházy Palace, front gate
Front gate detail
Front gate detail
Front gate detail
Front gate detail
Palace, front view
Palace, front view
Palace wing, one of many
Palace wing, one of many
Roof décor
Roof décor
Esterházy family crest
Esterházy family crest
Fountain
Fountain
Prince Esterházy's apartment
Prince Esterházy's apartment
Prince's apartment, ceiling decoration
Prince's apartment, ceiling decoration
Prince's apartment, wall decoration
Prince's apartment, wall decoration
The stove of stoves
The stove of stoves
Prince's apartment, salon
Prince's apartment, salon
Providing warmth in the music room
Providing warmth in the music room
Music room tableau
Music room tableau
Portrait of Maria Theresa
Portrait of Maria Theresa
Chapel, above the altar
Chapel, above the altar
Chapel ceiling
Chapel ceiling
Ceremonial hall
Ceremonial hall
Ceremonial hall
Ceremonial hall
Ceremonial hall, ceiling detail
Ceremonial hall, ceiling detail
Ceremonial hall, ceiling detail
Ceremonial hall, ceiling detail
Ceremonial hall, door décor
Ceremonial hall, door décor
Ceremonial hall, mirroring infinity
Ceremonial hall, mirroring infinity
Elegant heating
Elegant heating
Wall detail
Wall detail
Stately room
Stately room
Tea room tapestry and stove
Tea room tapestry and stove
Grand bedroom
Grand bedroom
Chinese room
Chinese room
Floral detail
Floral detail
Flower fresco
Flower fresco
In the back gate
In the back gate
Palace rear, detail
Palace rear, detail
Palace rear, April 2010
Palace rear, April 2010
Palace rear, March 2012
Palace rear, March 2012
The gardens, as far as the eye can see
The gardens, as far as the eye can see
Return to Esterházy: Concert hall
Return to Esterházy: Concert hall
Concert hall, looking into Ceremonial Hall
Concert hall, looking into Ceremonial Hall
Concert hall detail
Concert hall detail
Altar at an angle
Altar at an angle
Ceremonial hall, revisited
Ceremonial hall, revisited
Ceremonial hall, revisited: Mirrored
Ceremonial hall, revisited: Mirrored
Elegant hardware
Elegant hardware
Under restoration: Sala Terrena
Under restoration: Sala Terrena
Work in progress
Work in progress
Work further along on this side
Work further along on this side
Artists at work in Sala Terrana
Artists at work in Sala Terrana
Sala Terrana wall detail
Sala Terrana wall detail
Sala Terrana, ceiling detail
Sala Terrana, ceiling detail
Flowered fresco
Flowered fresco
Window detail
Window detail
Opulent stove in the dining salon
Opulent stove in the dining salon
Bedroom in green
Bedroom in green
Music salon
Music salon
Salon with gaming table
Salon with gaming table
Front staircase, detail
Front staircase, detail
From the crest
From the crest
Palace reflections
Palace reflections
Key to the castle
Key to the castle
Third visit: concert hall
Third visit: concert hall
Concert hall sconce
Concert hall sconce
Concert ready
Concert ready
Concert lighting
Concert lighting
Ceremonial Hall
Ceremonial Hall
Ceremonial Hall, the seasons
Ceremonial Hall, the seasons
Ceremonial Hall, the seasons
Ceremonial Hall, the seasons
Reflections in reflections
Reflections in reflections
Sala Terrana, restoration complete
Sala Terrana, restoration complete
Sala Terrana, restoration complete
Sala Terrana, restoration complete
Sala Terrana, restoration complete
Sala Terrana, restoration complete
Sala Terrana, restoration complete
Sala Terrana, restoration complete
Sala Terrana, restoration complete
Sala Terrana, restoration complete
Sala Terrana, restoration complete
Sala Terrana, restoration complete