I find patterns very mesmerizing, so when I visited the Paleis Het Loo in Apeldoorn in the Netherlands, I went crazy with my camera because there were patterns everywhere. Het Loo was built as a royal palace between 1684 and 1686 for stadtholder-king William III and Mary II of England. After the death of Queen Wilhelmina in 1962, the palace was renovated and eventually became a state museum in 1984. The Dutch Baroque architecture of Het Loo means that everything is symmetrical from the buildings to the impeccably manicured gardens behind the palace.
Walking down the tree-lined avenue to the front of the palace, we found ourselves facing the three-sided courtyard (cour d’honneur) where the main central block is flanked by symmetrical advancing secondary wings, one of which is shown in this photo. It is certainly not a relaxing photo because there is so much to look at. I find my eyes continually moving from side to side, taking in all the details, and the colours really make this photo “pop”. I also love the angle on which the photo was taken because it draws the eye along the length of the building. I hope I can visit there again one day because it’s one of those places where you can spend a whole afternoon and still not take everything in.
Ok, the hell with my one photo rule again. You need to see how pattern oriented this palace is, so here’s a picture of part of the gardens as well as the back door. Isn’t it beautiful?