Local Heart, Global Soul

June 3, 2020

A Station Dressed To Impress…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

At the very top of this grand entrance way, is a triangular section of  stone, filled with detailed stone carved decoration.

The architectural detail here, as with my previous posts, is top quality and it was only later during our tour that I found out why. This may have been the entrance to the “Queens Waiting room”, but in fact the Dutch Monarchy rarely used it.

All of this impressive decoration was in fact made by the best Dutch craftsmen, be it the stone masonry outside or the ornate  detail inside. Who were they doing all of this for then?

Remembering that this was the era pre-flight and that Heads of State travelled by rail and had their own expensive rail carriages, this was in fact the first point of entry to the Hague for visiting King’s, Queen’s and other VIP’s.

This was all made simply to impress these people, and since Dutch Royalty received these dignitaries in their own palaces, it was usually diplomats, and other high up dignitaries in the Royal household who would meet foreign Royals at the Station.

Of course the Dutch Royal Family would also travel by train, but of naturally their trains would be waiting for them, and not the other way around, so time spent here would be negligible.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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