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Course Description

Pack your imagination for a visit to some of the finest monuments built by royalty throughout Europe. Through lecture, video clips and photos you will learn how each palace reflects not only its country’s national identity, but also the character of the ruling families. Beginning with the grand Buckingham Palace in the British Isles to the Fontainebleau and Versailles, France, the palace of Real Madrid and the Escorial in Spain to the Sanssouci in Potsdam, Germany, to the Hapsburg Schonbrunn, Austria, ending with the Winter palace/Hermitage in Russia. Though only are few of the palaces are currently lived in, the rest have been celebrated as monuments of national heritage. Also covered are the architecture, gardens, and the treasures therein.
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