Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Brighton's Royal Pavilion,located in Brighton, England, is my favorite folly and the only one I have actually been to. It is well worth the trip if you are in the U.K.
Brighton is a seaside town, with a pier, similar the the Jersey Shore.
The Royal Pavilion was the brainchild of the Prince of Wales, who later became George IV.He commissioned the master architect John Nash to build it from a farmstead already there.It took eight years to finish and was completed in 1823. It is an incredibly splendid folly. It was inspired by the architecture of the Far East and is such a surprise to see it rising up from the rest of the buildings in the town.
The Music Room is a feast for the eyes and soul. In 1975 a mad man tried burning the place to ground and the Music Room was severely damaged but luckily saved.Click HERE for a panoramic view
The place,which truly is a palace,is brimming with exquisite chinoiserie.Rich colors,soaring ceilings and carved golden dragons consume your vision at every glance.
Movies shot at the Royal pavilion include ON A CLEAR DAY YOU CAN SEE FOREVER, OCTOPUSSY and THE END OF THE AFFAIR .
Picturs by flickr- dominic's pics,