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Mediatized Noble Families / Esterhazy
« on: September 20, 2008, 11:11:30 AM »

Does some one has information on the Esterhazy family? Who is the current prince Esterhazy, and does he still lives on the Austrian estates of the family? Is it a large family or is it a title close to extinction?



Mediatized Noble Families / Beaufort Spontin
« on: July 08, 2008, 02:49:16 AM »

Does some one has some information about the Dukes de Beaufort de Spontins? It is a Belgian ducal family who had big estates in Belgium (Spontin/ Freyr) and in Bohemia/ Czech Republic (Bechov).

Thanks in advance,


The Byzantine Heritage / Summer palaces
« on: September 06, 2007, 01:46:28 PM »
Does some know where I can find information about the summer palaces and other palaces outside of Constantinople of the Byzantine emperors.



Mediatized Noble Families / Czech republic & Restitution
« on: May 29, 2007, 04:35:08 PM »

Does some one know what the latest information is on the restitutions of the great manor houses and estates in the Czech republic?

For example I know the daughter of the last prince Schwarzenberg of the Hlubloka line is suing to get back the Cesky Krumlov and Hlubloka estates:

I read somewhere that the Liechtensteins want their properties back: Lednice and Valtice (and probably also Boskovice and Telc, etc):

Further I heard about a prince Kinsky who is fighting to get his rightful inheritance back:

And there is the awful story about Kristina Colleredo Mansfelf who got her castle back in Opocno in 2003, invested a lot of money in it, only to loosen it again in 2007:

Unfortunately most information is mostly not newer than 2005.



Other Palaces / Viborg Mon Repos
« on: December 31, 2006, 12:00:04 PM »

Due to the small post about Mon Repos in Re: Noble or imperial estate through czarist russia topic, I decided to start a small topic about Mon Repos to clear some mystery about it:,8718.0.html

This is the last thing I've found on Mon repos...*

I can not precise some more on his history trhough revolutionary wave and what is the real shape of all of it now(according to my readings it has been lost but nothing more is said...)so it is a mistery,if some could unveil the "secret",it would be would also prove that some care for my writing and give not only time to read but also exchange informations...

Monrepos is near Viborg in Carelia, former Finland and now Russia.

On the website of the national museum of Finland you can find some information about the house:

In early December 2005, the National Museum of Finland bought from the Hagelstam auction house in Helsinki seventeen oil paintings originally belonging to Monrepos Manor near Viipuri (Vyborg) in present-day Russia. This collection contains two landscape paintings, two Russian imperial portraits, and thirteen family portraits.

One of the landscapes is a view of Monrepos painted by the German artist Johann Jacob Mettenleiter in 1796 showing the manor house and the grounds before alterations that were begun in 1798.

Mettenleiter’s view of the manor is one the few oil paintings of Finnish landscapes of the 18th century, even despite the fact that the region known as Old Finland, ceded to Russia in the 18th century and containing Viipuri, was not restored to the rest of Finland until 1812, by which time Monrepos and its park had largely achieved its final layout and form.

The paintings purchased by the National Museum of Finland represent a central, though small part of the originally large art collection of Monrepos. The family portraits are important with regard to cultural history, for they include not only Ludwig Heinrich von Nicolay, the founder of the manor and its famous park, but also his son Paul Nicolaij and the latter’s son and future owner of the manor Nicolas Nicolaij as a child.

Monrepos Manor was established in the mid-1750s, when P. A. Stupishin, commandant of Viipuri Castle and later governor of so-called Old Finland, ceded by Sweden to Russia in the 18th century, owned a property known as Lill-Ladugård at this location. The estate was bought from Stupishin’s heirs in 1784 by Prince Friedrich Wilhelm of Württenberg, brother-in-law of Emperor Paul I of Russia. The prince, however, had to leave St Petersburg because of a divorce scandal and the manor, now named Monrepos, was sold in 1788 to Ludvig Heinrich von Nicolay, the prince’s acquaintance and librarian to Paul I.

After Ludvig Heinrich von Nicolay, the manor remained within the same family until 1942, when it passed into the ownership of Count Nicolas von der Pahlen, nephew of Marie Nicolaij, the last member of the original family of owners. Count von der Pahlen owned Monrepos until 1944.

On an old map of Viborg you can find a plan of the park and house:

Palaces in Moscow / Kolomenskoye
« on: August 12, 2006, 02:59:09 AM »

I have understood that Catherine the Great has built a palace in Kolomenskoye after the destruction of the wooden palace. Does any one iknow something more about this palace? Also Alexander 1 has built a palace in Kolomenskoye, does any one knows somethings about this palace?

thx in advance.



French Royals / Palaces of Tunisia
« on: March 11, 2006, 07:18:04 AM »

Okay, first things first, I  really had no clue where to put my questions, so I put under French royalty, as Tunisia was around 1900 part of France. And now the question:

Does some one know where I can find pictures and information about the royal palaces of the beys of Tunisia? I am especially interested in Mohameddia, near Oudna, once build by Ahmed bey, I believe it was to rival Versailles and now it is in ruins.

thx in advance,


The Habsburgs / Palaces,residencies, estates of the Habsburgs
« on: February 25, 2006, 01:20:13 PM »

Does any one know where I could find plans of the royal palace of Budapest? Plans on which one can see where the Habsburgs lived when they resided in the palace. It is a huge palace, and I was also wondering where did they use the palace for besides lodging the Habsburgs.

Thx in advance,


Palaces in Moscow / Annenhof and Catherine Palaces at Lefortovo
« on: January 01, 2006, 05:36:59 AM »

Once there was the Annenhof Palace in the Lefortovo Park, built by the architect Rastrelli for the Tsarina Anna in the early 18th century. It was the Petershof of Moscow. In the 19th century it disappeared. Today there are plans to restore the park and even maybe to rebuild some buildings, of which one can doubt if this is good.

Does some one have pictures or plans or any other information of this palace.

Thx in advance.


Iberian Royal Families / Portuguese Royal Residences
« on: March 19, 2005, 05:09:27 AM »

I am wondering does any know where I can find information on the Paco da Ribeira (the river palace) in Lisbon, the old royal palace built by king Manuel I around 1500 and destroyed by the earthquake of 1755?

Thx in advance,


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