Significant Follies

In architecture, a folly is a building constructed primarily for decoration, either suggesting by its appearance some other purpose, or merely so extravagant that it transcends the normal range of garden ornaments or other class of building to which it belongs" (Wiki)

Connected Sites

Site Rationale Link
Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe The artificial ruins of Löwenburg
Nice The Château de l'Anglais (or Château Smith) is the first and one of the most important "Follies" to see the light of day on the Riviera. This "Folly" of the Riviera is today the only testimony of neo-Mughal architecture on the French coasts. (Nomination file, p. 187)
Paseo del Prado and Buen Retiro In the Reservado (“reserved” section) are follies such as the Casita del Pescador (Fisher’s Cottage) and Montaña Artificial (Artificial Mountain). (AB ev)
Potsdam Ruinenberg
Qutb Minar "Smith's Folly" is a remnant of the tower's 19th century restoration. Major Robert Smith of the British Indian Army renovated the tower in 1828 and installed a pillared cupola over the fifth story, creating a sixth. The cupola was taken down in 1848 and reinstalled at ground level to the east of Qutb Minar, where it remains.
Schönbrunn Roman ruins
St. Petersburg Chinese Village Tsarskoe Selo
Versailles Hameau de la Reine


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