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Culross Palace.

By Tooma
The Palace was closed when we were there, so this shot was me at full stretch shooting over a wall, part of which can be seen in the foreground. I love the rich yellow ochre colour of this rather ancient building, which sits in the heart of the village. We knew nothing of its existence prior to our visit, so it was a real surprise; first of all to see such a large painted building - then to discover it is a palace.

My version is a big contrast with this building; a detail from a small terraced cottage. I wonder if the white rose is significant, perhaps something to do with England.

"The palace, or "Great Lodging", was constructed between 1597[1] and 1611 by Sir George Bruce, the Laird of Carnock. Bruce was a successful merchant who had a flourishing trade with other Forth ports, the Low Countries and Sweden. He had interests in coal mining, salt production, and shipping, and is credited with sinking the world's first coal mine to extend under the sea.

Many of the materials used in the construction of the palace were obtained during the course of Bruce's foreign trade. Baltic pine, red pantiles, and Dutch floor tiles and glass were all used. The exterior boasts the use of crow-stepped gables, including a statue of a veiled woman posing on the gable step. The palace features fine interiors, with decorative mural and ceiling painting, 17th and 18th century furniture and a fine collection of Staffordshire and Scottish pottery.

Although never a royal residence, James VI visited the Palace in 1617.[2] The palace is now in the care of the National Trust for Scotland who have restored a model seventeenth-century garden, complete with raised beds, a covered walkway and crushed shell paths. The herbs, vegetables and fruit trees planted in the garden are types that were used in the early seventeenth century."

Tags: Architecture History Fife Firth of forth Landscape and travel Culross Fifeshire

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Daisymaye Plus
13 23 20 Canada
2 Jul 2020 3:14AM
Too bad it was closed. But..you did get a couple of good shots of it's outside.
dales Plus
5 13 Australia
2 Jul 2020 3:55AM
Glad you told us it was this colour Tom , thought it may have been your processing at first , interesting history and architecture , two excellent images.
IanSmile
mac Plus
20 13 Scotland
2 Jul 2020 12:18PM
Quite impressive, Tom. When we were there we got inside, so well worth a return visit. I remember an ornate 4 poster bed and what struck me was how small the people must have been in those days or slept curled up!
Ian
taggart Plus
17 47 14 United States
2 Jul 2020 9:24PM
Impressive and very interesting--- Thanks for more!

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