Royal bathrooms: luxury and comfort

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Humanity in all eras has strived for wealth, luxury and comfort. And, surprisingly, you notice this especially in the interior of the bathroom. In fact, the story boasts many strange facts about the arrangement of this particular room: here you and gold on the walls, and precious stones, and velvet on the toilet, and drapery heavy and dense fabrics. And all this could be seen in the royal bathrooms, which, however, is not surprising - that's why they are monarchs.

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  • Louis XV - in the style of Versailles
  • Queen Mary of Scots - a real bath complex
  • Virginia Curto - Art Deco
  • Napoleon - a room made of marble
  • Garrett family - bathing in gilding
  • Edith Vanderbilt - having running water
  • Marie Antoinette - the first flush toilet
  • Emperor Nicholas II - a huge bath
  • Queen Caroline - Private Bath
  • Ekaterina Parr - a bathroom in velvet
  • Empress Eugenie - fabric drapery

Louis XV - in the style of Versailles

During the reign of the French Sun King - Louis XIV - Versailles began to personify chic and incredible wealth. All this pomp smoothly flowed into the years of the reign of the Beloved King - Louis XV. Almost all his conscious life, he rebuilt the palace, but the bathroom was the last one that was completed before his death.

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The decor of the room is simply amazing... beautiful storylines associated with water, a marble fireplace in green, a huge mirror in gilding, an incredibly beautiful chandelier. However, according to some rumors, Louis XV did not use the bathroom for its intended purpose, or, to be more precise, he generally kept his personal documents there. Where the famous seducer took a shower is not clear.


By the way, the personal belongings of Louis XV also look very bizarre.


Queen Mary of Scots - a real bath complex

Historians still have not found an answer to the main question: this building served as a summer home for Mary or just a huge bathroom.

In any case, you don't have to worry about the queen's hygiene, because this small building (Edinburgh, Scotland) was the very place where she bathed. Moreover, at that time, the bath was treated more as an excess than a necessity, because they say that Maria often loved to relax in a bowl filled with wine.


Virginia Curto - Art Deco

Virginia was not a member of the royal family, but rather a socialite. But this did not stop her and her husband from settling in the delightful Eltem Palace, where they decided to decorate a decaying 15th century building in the Art Deco style.

The lady's bathroom was next to her bedroom. But it was not just a typical bathing house... The walls are decorated in gilding, inlaid with onyx is a truly royal luxury.



Napoleon - a room made of marble

The bath accompanied the emperor throughout his entire life. Unlike most of his contemporaries, he paid special attention to hygiene and considered hot, almost scalding water to be a remedy for all diseases. Probably, it was for this reason that his bathroom was simply gorgeous: tiles, expensive for those times, pilasters, beautiful figures. True, it was this room in the house (Palazzo Pitti, Florence) that he did not use.


Garrett family - bathing in gilding

John W. Garrett is an American merchant turned banker who also became president of Baltimore and Ohio. In 1878 he bought the estate and immediately began renovations. Yes, he was not royal either, but his home today is a museum owned by Johns Hopkins University.

Of course, any room in the palace is distinguished by luxury and wealth, and the bathroom was no exception. In fact, Garrett managed to make the fantasy come true: the room was covered in gold, including the toilet seat.


Edith Vanderbilt - having running water

The wife of a wealthy entrepreneur, George Vanderbilt. The couple lived in Biltmore, a huge estate in North Carolina. There are as many as 43 bathrooms in the house, but Edith's private room stands out among them.

The building was built in the period 1889-1895, and at that time hot and cold water flowing directly from the tap was not just a rarity, but something from the category of fantasy. But the Vanderbilts had such delights, although in many houses there was neither one nor the other.


Marie Antoinette - the first flush toilet

It is believed that the bathroom of the Queen of France and Navarre is one of the most delightful in history. Marie-Antoinette considered a toilet with a flush to be the main feature of her premises, while other people (and even noble ones) used public toilets or even pots.

But for the system to function, one of the servants had to get up and drain the water by turning on the tap. However, at that time it was also royally convenient and practical.

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Emperor Nicholas II - a huge bath

There was a particularly secluded place in the Alexander Palace - the bathroom of Nicholas II. The design featured Moorish features, which was wildly popular back then. The interior was complemented by elements of dark wood and pendant lamps. And the center of the room - a bathing tub - contained as much as 70,000 liters of water (not bad for those times!).

In fact, if you look at today's realities, it was not just a bowl, but a whole pool where the emperor loved to spend his time.

Nicholas II loved this pool very much. And not only him. The children were also happy when their father allowed them to splash in the bowl. In February 1907 g. at night the tiles burst and the king noted in his diary that "for several days I will be deprived of the pleasure of swimming."


By the way, the bathroom of Empress Alexandra Feodorovna in Gatchina was no less luxurious. Although the bowl itself is made of regular zinc with two copper taps and is housed in a case made of simple wood, all this does not negate the luxury of the room with its delightful decor and thoughtful registration. During the day, the bath was draped with a cretonne curtain.


Queen Caroline - Private Bath

The room at Hampton Court Palace is much more spacious than most of the Carolina homes in New York. The woman lived here with her husband George II in the early 1700s. But during this period, body hygiene was not so important, and therefore the room was not used every day.


You can see that there is a linen canvas spread out inside the bowl and there is a stool. There are two reasons for the appearance of these attributes in the bathtub of that time - these are both hygienic considerations, and prevention of discomfort from touching the body to a not very pretty and quickly cooling surface from thin metal.

Ekaterina Parr - a bathroom in velvet

The sixth in a row and, in fact, the last wife of Henry VIII. Apparently, the luxurious life was quite pleasing to her, because she had an unusual toilet... on the toilet there was a red velvet seat - a really royal shade.

And also in the dressing room of the Queen of England there was a canopy (also made of velvet), decorative pillows made of gilded material and a chest of drawers in ribbons.


Empress Eugenie - fabric drapery

In general, the Fontainebleau palace was the residence of many monarchs of France, including Louis VII. And, of course, the premises in the house must correspond to such persons ...

This bathroom belonged to the French empress, wife of Napoleon III. At one time, she was a trendsetter for the whole of Europe. However, her talent was revealed not only in clothes, but also in the interior. This room was no exception. It is very spacious, and the walls and the bowl itself were decorated with fabric.


Such royally luxurious bathrooms were surrounded by important persons, monarchs, rulers of countries and emperors.

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