Our astonishment was indescribable when we heard that the German Royals ruled in UK. It was a very interesting fact.
My Easter Holidays, I spent near Celle town in Niedersachsen with relatives in a quiet village. Since I come from the city, it is always too calm for me in the countryside, hence I instigated the whole family to spend the weekend meaningfully with a cultural excursion, as I always say “get some food for the soul” )). I have researched on the Internet about sights in that area and my first choice was to visit Celle Castle with a guide.
When we arrived, we were surprised by a wedding. Later I found out that couples can marry in the castle. I paid my attention to the wedding car from the 60-s, Cadillac in metallic pink. Never saw it before in Germany – nice.
We arrived on time and the guide picked up the visitors at the checkout. So the Celle Castle tour began.
Celle Castle was one of the residences of the House of Brunswick-Lüneburg. Originally Celle Castle served as a fortress. Later, in the 14th century, the dukes of Brunswick-Lüneburg moved their residence from Lüneburg to Celle and began remodeling the fortress into a castle. In the begining of 18th century the Principality of Lüneburg together with the Principality of Calenberg belonged to the Kingdom of Hanover, therefore also the Celle Castle that was used by the royal House of Hanover as a summer residence.
In 17th century, Duke Georg Wilhelm was especially in the mood of remodeling. He had lived some time in Italy and had been impressed by the Italian architecture so that he let to apply the stucco, similar to the Italian one, on the ceilings of several halls of the castle. The moulding artist perpetuated his guise in a form of a miniature sculpture on the stucco (without pointing out it is difficult to recognize). According to the guide, for the forming of stucco the innards of cats were used. This beautiful art was made in not such a beautiful way. But that is a history.
On our way to the Castle Theatre I couldn’t take my eyes off that gorgeous sofa.
The Castle Theatre was built on the initiative of Duke Georg Wilhelm, who became acquainted with the Italian opera in Venice. The theater was designed as courtly stage and was mainly used by the noble residents of the castle.
After the theater we were led into some of the most beautiful rooms of the Celle Castle. Here the guide presented us several portraits of aristocratic inhabitants of the castle and their short life stories.
Thus we have learned that the German royals ruled in UK. The House of Hanover was a German royal dynasty which has ruled the Duchy of Brunswick-Lüneburg, the Kingdom of Hanover, the Kingdom of Great Britain, the Kingdom of Ireland and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland. It was George I that became the first British monarch of the House of Hanover. The royal House of Hanover ruled in UK for six Generations.
Quick “jump” into the next room. In this marvelous room, the marriage ceremony is performed.
Then we walked to the courtyard, where in the old times the supplies were offloaded for the kitchen. Over the gates in the courtyard there is the Blazon of the Duke Georg Wilhelm.
Above, on the wall there is a sundial, so you can see at what time we have been there 😉
From the courtyard we went into the kitchen and were “frightening friendly” welcomed by two heads, ups three )).
It was very interesting to learn how the cooking process was running at that old time. The most decorations are really originals and just a few replicas were added for more dramatic effect. Of course the electricity is modern )), earlier there were candles.
To get into the chapel we had to go through the Kitchen. The chapel is one of the highlights of the North German sacred art and is, with its Renaissance features and equipment, of outstanding art-historical importance. For protection reasons, the chapel is open for visitors only behind the glass.
At the end of the Celle Castle tour we went for a walk in the park. The Celle Castle is situated on an island that is encircled by the moat.
And then we completed our cultural day in the café with delicious cakes :). The whole family was happy and impressed, how interesting a cultural excursion can be.
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