A kiosk fit for a king

Walk into the Moorish Kiosk in the Linderhof Palace near Ettal, Germany, and there's only one thing left to do after picking your jaw off the floor.

And that is to gawk at the newly restored Peacock Throne that stands imposingly in the middle of the room.

First belonging to King Ludwig II of Bavaria, the throne was restored over two years in the workshops of the Bavarian Palace Authority.

The Moorish Kiosk was originally created for the International Exhibition in Paris in 1867, and designed by Berlin architect Karl von Diebitsch.

King Ludwig II, who was born in 1845 and ascended the throne at age 18, bought the Kiosk in 1876 and had it magnificently and imaginatively decorated with a glass chandelier, a marble fountain and the sumptuous Peacock Throne.

Here he read and drank tea while servants appropriately dressed in Oriental costumes and smoking water pipes lent an added touch of authenticity.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 28, 2016, with the headline 'A kiosk fit for a king'. Print Edition | Subscribe