Huis Doorn / Doorn Manor (15th c)

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The last residence of the German Emperor Wilhelm II, during his exile in the Netherlands (1920-1941).

The 15th-century house was rebuilt in the late 18th century in a conservative manner and, in the mid-19th century, a surrounding park was laid out as an English landscape garden. Baroness Ella van Heemstra (1900–1984), the mother of actress Audrey Hepburn, spent much of her childhood living in the house. The property was purchased in 1919 by Wilhelm II, the last German Emperor, as his residence-in-exile (1920–1941), following his abdication after World War I.

The house is open as a museum, just as Wilhelm left it, with marquetry commodes, tapestries, paintings by German court painters, porcelains and silver. Wilhelm's collections of snuffboxes and watches that belonged to Frederick the Great are considered by some to be the most interesting of the artifacts.

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Comments (43)

Ditte9 on February 28, 2013

Beautiful shot and place!

zhsv on September 16, 2013

| | | Excellent !
۰• ۰ Regards from Minsk ! zhsv

Robèrt Kroonen on December 27, 2013


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