Completed in 1912, in the city of Santander (Northern Spain).
Build by the Cantabrian government, as a residence for the royal family of Spain.
Today a meeting place for conferences and meetings.
A protected historical monument since 1982.
My Lego version (minifig scale) is aimed at 1913, fitting the time of the popular spanish TV-series "Gran Hotel".
The LEGO-project is on-going, with numerous improvements to be done (especially the roofing) and will be given a fully detailed interior decoration; A few interior photos has been included, although there is still a long way to go on that part...
The small white window-panes are 1mm wide stickers cut from the left-overs of hundreds of original Lego stickers.
Each "glass" uses 4 strips, and there are around 200 Windows of that type. All was done by hand.
Some epoc-correct vehicles to go with the palace, and help establish the time-period.
All the vehicles are pure fantasy. Sorry if somebody was looking for exact miniature scale models... ;-)
An original drawing of the planned palace;
A schematic drawing of the (almost) actual palace;
A photo of the actual state of the real palace;
A couple of potos of the interior detailing that I am currently working on;
The interior decoration is not the only thing that will happen to this MOC; Roofing will be changed to all-bricks, and many minor details will be changed (like the doors Windows of the main tower) I wish to give it down-pipes too (for the rain)
So this is an on-going Project! BUT... As this has already been on display here in Bilbao (Spain), I thought I would publish these photos before you see this MOC somewhere else... ;-)
A last farewell photo;
Thanks for watching.
(Please go to Flickr to see all these photos (and more) in high resolution;
That's the thing with you. You never know what to expect from you. It's either a very cool minifig size legendary vehicle or this... a masterpiece! Now, most great builders do just exterior but you just had to do the interior as well! In Awe!
By the way to me, it is finished. Don't touch it. It's just fine the way it is! ;)
First of all I have to apologize for my absence on the comment list, because this palace is so impressive in both size, beauty and details, that it deserves the highest recognition. Excellent in every way!
Quoting Nick Barrett
Wow. So, so beautiful... those windows look labour-intensive but the results look spectacular.
Thanks! The windows I did in around 4 evenings (of 2 hours each); I even made a jig -of Lego of course- where I could do 5 windows at a time, with strips cut from larger Lego sticker-sheets. I wonder where the purist-limit is; Cutting left-over Lego stickers? Using strips form normal adhesive masking tape? Painting white stripes?
Thanks a lot for the many nice comments. Much appreciated! I think I have spent around 6 months building this, but at a very relaxed rate. Often I spend 2 weeks waiting for bricks to arrive, and then 2 days building with them, once they arrive. A lot of time did go into searching the internet for information, and planning the overall Project. (3 years ago I had a failed go at this, trying to build it too big...)
WOW! Just... WOW! Utterly brilliant work. Some people are decent builders, others are good. Others still are brilliant, and then there are a few who are just on another level completely! You sir, are one of them. This is so brilliant that i must bow down to your skills with The Brick. The details, the scale.. I mean, even the vehicles are magnificent. Just WOW! Now, i'll go and pick my jaw up from the basement :-)
Unbelievable! What a piece of work. The minfig scale and still the high level of detail. I admire your perseverence. I myself don't have that much of patience. Now I realize working internationally is not the same as being tourist. I worked for more than a year there but never saw the palace. Keep on the good work and share your updates.
In this world God gives some people some talent and to others many talents! You needed to utilize ALL the talents God (or the powers that be) gave you in order to create such a wonderful work! I adored the fact you included reference photos (something I always do with my MOCs)!The next this I was super impressed with is you gave us a "tease" as to the interiors. Many here just show the outer shells, and being detailed oriented, I am dying to see the inside! You gave that to us! The red carpet you have on the stairs needs to be rolled out for you to walk on! Living off disability I am amazed at the cost this project took/takes! Your eye for detail can be seen with the vehicles and smaller scenes you have like the garden!I am also glad you showed it in the period it was constructed! We in New York have our very own VICTORIAN PALACE: MOHONK: https://www.mohonk.com/?nck=gbetri&gclid=CjwKEAjw85DIBRCy2aT0hPmS1jkSJAC1m9UvODjDZOAOpAa7d98-fv62jCBQk2BHTeEtZiPGXlu71xoCp7_w_wcB I have visited it several times! Who knows I may have inspired your next undertaking! A replica of it!