Monday, June 11, 2012

Strasbourg Part 5: Palais Rohan

Hands down, my absolute favorite part of our visit to Strasbourg was Palais Rohan.

The Palais now plays host to three musuems:  the Musée Archéologique, the Musée des Arts décoratifs, and the Musée des Beaux-arts.  We visited the second one.  It is comprised of several rooms beautifully preserved in original 18th century style, and several more rooms filled with authentic decorative items from the past.  We passed through a room filled with clocks, another with fine china, and another with a display of journals, but most impressive were the rooms kept in their original state.

I was shocked that we were allowed to take photographs, and very pleased with how the images came out.  I was also surprised by how empty the museum was when we visited.  We only passed two other groups while touring.  It was a good surprise, though, because we didn't feel at all rushed exploring the rooms, and there aren't any pesky tourists crowding the photos...

Every room we entered was more beautiful than the one before.  In fact, out of all the things I've seen while  in Europe, Palais Rohan might be my absolute favorite.  The amount of detail in the decor was astounding.  I would have been happy to roam around the palace for hours.  I hope very much that we're able to go back and tour the other two museums before we move away in the fall.

A note on the palace's history, via wikipedia:  "The palace was commissioned by Cardinal Armand Gaston Maximilien de Rohan, Bishop of Strasbourg, from the architect Joseph Massol and erected between 1731 and 1742 according to plans by Robert de Cotte. It was built on the site of the former residence of the Bishop, the so-called Palatium, which had been built from 1262 onwards. In 1744, Louis XV stayed in the palace, and Marie Antoinette stayed there in 1770. In 1805, 1806 and 1809, Napoléon Bonaparte stayed there and had some of the rooms changed to suit his tastes and those of his wife, Joséphine. In 1810, Napoleon's second wife Marie Louise, Duchess of Parma spent her first night on French soil in the palace. Another royal guest was king Charles X of France in 1828."

{Previous Strasbourg Posts:  Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4}


  1. it kind of reminds me of pemberley (i don't feel like going to find the right spelling. i mean mr. darcy's house) from pride and prejudice. and that little curtained off bed thing in the room with green walls... i want that.

    1. I thought of Pemberley when we visited the Schwetzingen Palace...but we couldn't take photos inside that one. The decor looked a lot like this though, and the gardens were massive...very much like a Jane Austen novel.

  2. Oh my gosh these were amazing to see!! Thank you!!


Each comment you leave donates one smile to my day.
Thanks so much for letting me know what you think.