Throughout history, there were many enthusiasts who built houses, palaces, and castles for their loved ones: to make them pleased, attract their attention, or forge their names in history books. In today’s article, we will talk about some of the most impressive romantic stories about architectural wonders that people have built in the name of love.
Coral Castle and the mysterious history of its construction
In the city of Homestead, FL, there is a weird place – it looks like some piece of experimental architecture. Its history goes a hundred years ago to a Latvian émigré Edward Leedskalnin. You can see various shapes carved from stones. The estimated weight of all of the stones is somewhere around 900 tons. It is not exactly known how Leedskalnin was able to single-handedly get all of that boulders to the site – this is still a mystery. He lived alone, worked at noon, yet for 22 years, no one saw him at work. He dedicated the building to his former lover who abandoned Edward on the eve of his wedding many years ago. But she did not appreciate the effort – she never came to the US from Latvia to see his gift.
The Bory-castle and Bory’s family
If you ever decide to travel to Hungary, then be sure to check out the castle that was built by Jeno Bory. It was built in dedication of the wife of Jeno, Ilona. Her image is practically everywhere. It took Bory half a decade to finish the project; he was able to found it by selling his paintings and sculptures. After the completion of the project, Bory died. His wife lived there with her relatives for fifteen years and died in her nineties. The castle is looked after by the heirs of the architect and his wife.
The home of count Sheremetev and the story of a love behind it
Count Nikolai Sheremetev built his house in Moscow on the initiative of his beloved wife – the former serf actress Praskovia Kovalyova-Zhemchugova. The count loved her more than anything in this world, he married her, despite the condemnation of society. The countess was distinguished by her beauty, talent, and kindness: she helped a lot of those in need and donated lots of money to charity. Construction of the hospital began during the life of Praskovia Kovalyova-Zhemchugova. But in 1803, the countess died of Tuberculosis, and the count decided to make the building a kind of monument to his wife. At his request, the architect Giacomo Quarenghi redesigned the project, complementing it with a variety of new details, in particular, a colonnade at the main entrance. Now the building houses the Sklifosovsky Institute.
Taj Mahal and eastern love story
The Taj Mahal is a mausoleum-mosque in Agra, India, and it is one of the greatest pieces of world architecture. The padishah of the Mughal empire Shah Jahan has built Taj Mahal in memory of his 3rd wife, who died during childbirth. He got some land for the construction of his project from Maharaja Jaya Singh, giving a gigantic palace in return. In total, the construction took about 20 years. Shortly before the end of the project, Shah Jahan was overthrown by his son and imprisoned, where he spent the rest of the days. After death, he is buried in the Taj Mahal, next to his wife.
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Boldt Castle and the story of the American dream
At the end of the 19th century in New York, a young German immigrant by the name of George Boldt, who worked as a dishwasher in a restaurant, has met the manager of a club in Philadelphia and soon became his right hand. He married the boss’s daughter, and eventually, he firmly stood on his own two feet, he soon became a millionaire. When he became rich, he bought a tiny island in the shape of a heart and wanted to build a castle in her name. He tried very hard: he designed the building with 127 rooms and 365 windows, a swimming pool, an elevator, a garden, and other things. It was assumed that the object would be completed in 1905 – right before the Valentine’s Day. But a year before, Louise died. The inconsolable Boldt abandoned the construction site and never returned to it. The unfinished castle was abandoned for a long time until the heirs sold it for a symbolic price of $1 to the state under one condition that it would restore the building.