Soestdijk Palace

In the Netherlands, there is a palace that looks like Pavlovsk: the Soestdijk palace. In 1815, Crown Prince William of Orange, hero of the war with Napoleon, received it as a gift for victory in battles with the French. Soon, the palace was rebuilt and turned into the summer residence of Prince William and Grand Duchess Anna Pavlovna.

After the death of William II in 1849, Soestdijk became the permanent residence of Anna Pavlovna. She created a memorial museum for her husband in the palace: a museum in memory of his military victories. In the Hall of Waterloo, she placed a huge painting by Jan Pieneman “The Battle of Quatre Bras”. Also, the private rooms of her father, Emperor Paul I, once became a memorial museum in the Gatchina Palace.


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