Moller Villa, a fairy-tale castle
2011-10-07 Zangwill Sights Shanghai 1689
Again, it was weekend, although it has come to the early autumn, but the hot and humid air made me upset. Why not find a quiet and elegant to spend a relaxing day.
There are many elegant and quiet places in Shanghai, but I would like to the Moller Villa most, so I went there.
Located in the junction of Yan'an Road and Shaanxi South Road, Moller Villa is a Scandinavian-style garden villa, and has been 75 years. There are Norwegian-style minarets, Gothic spires and gorgeous color in the villa, and is known as “fairy-tale castle” in Shanghai.
It was a British Jew called Mahler that built this villa. Mahler came to Shanghai in 1919 and became rich by betting on horse races. One day, Mahler's daughter dreamed of a fairy-tale pattern of a large house at night. Then Mahler built this unique Norwegian-style house according to his daughter’s dream. Moller Villa has changed a lot and now it has become as the Moller Villa Hotel.
The main building connects with the annex building in the Moller Villa, jagged, steep roofs, odd shape.
The minaret of the main building spire into the sky like a scabbard.
The whole floor of the villa presents rich red, with brick construction, embedded color ceramic tiles, looks like entering a fairy tale world.
Although the building is the Nordic Norwegian-style shape, but the gardens and decoration of buildings are quite in Chinese style. There is a stone lion at the gate of the villa, which is the same as the traditional Chinese wealthy mansions.
The shape of the main buildings is very beautifully, and the decorative roof intertwines with the roof of auxiliary buildings, which just like a small magnificent palace.
The wall of the main building is embedded with colored tiles, full of characteristics.
Most of the interior wall is made of red-brown teak, and the carved decorations are all western style.
Villa's gate is small, but after walking into the house, you can see another elegant interior landscape.
The decoration of the aisles and hallways are also very elegant.
unique indoor balcony
The villa's interior exactly like a luxury cruise.
Round window on the staircases are just like the ship's side.
The crystal chandeliers hanging on the ceiling shines warmly the room.
The indoor dome is equipped with colored pattern glass.
The cafe in the villa
In the quiet room, a good place for trance.
Sitting here, panoramic view the green trees out of the window.
The balcony seat is also a good place to enjoy the scenery.
It must very warm and comfortable to sit here in winter.
The open seats in front of the lawn, it is suitable to spend time here after sunset.
Lawn in front of the villa front is not too large, there were many couples holding wedding on the lawn here.
one corner of the villa
Villa garden planted with cypress, cedar and other precious flowers and trees.
Sit here and enjoy English afternoon tea.
There is a white rose on the table, which is harmony with the quiet atmosphere here.
Earl Grey Tea
Taste tea, taste life…
Caviar salmon sandwich
Hot and sour shrimp egg sandwich
Mango Cheese tart
At the sunset, the tall spire of Moller Villa is full of fantastic.