Simploring 2019 (88) Antiquity and Regency Buckingham

For my simploring tour on Friday, July 26th, I picked a place that I visited before back in 2016, Regency Buckingham (Recreating Buckingham Palace in Second Life). But I didn’t land at Regency Buckingham, instead I landed at Antiquity Visitors Center and I admit reading the offered notecard there and seeing all the different teleport pads did confuse me first.

Antiquity Welcome Center

Antiquity is made up of two full sims and thirteen homesteads, in total 15 (!) sims that are spread over 3 levels, the ground level, the Forest level at 2000m and the cotswolds level at 3800m. It exists for over 11 years now and has developed over time. Antiquity is a roleplay community for the time period of 1730-1830. The sims are owned by Jacon Cortes de Bexar (Jacon Cortes).

Antiquity orientation maps

Besides or within the roleplay you can follow different activities in Antiquity and you can visit several historical buildings. There are equestrian facilities, sailing facilities, markets, taverns and inns. And of course there are quite some regular and special events. At Antiquity you will find the Buckingham palace, the Texas Capitol building, two manors, historic parks, and permanent and rotating art exhibits. This would be enough material for 10 blogpost if I only had enough time for visiting and writing. I think I’ll never get bored in Second Life *winks*

Regency Buckingham – public tour map

I decided to visit Regency Buckingham as I had intended. At the entrance you can grab a very elaborated notecard for a public tour with a description and history of what you see. First of all it is not the Buckingham palace as we know it in this day and age, but rather it is what George IV. intended to build when he ordered the architect John Nash to build the palace instead of the Buckingham house for him in the 1820s.

Regency Buckingham – Grand Entrance (1) (upper left) / Bow room (3) (upper right) / Green Drawing room (9) (lower left) / Blue Drawing room (13) (lower right)

All of the art you see within, and much of the furnishing and other aspects of the decor, have been selected or created on the basis of the extensive resources provided online by the Royal Collection Trust. The Regency Buckingham in Second Life is the result of 3.5 years work of Jacon Cortes with the help of Crotian Egerton, Twelfth Night, Leandro Malaspina, Cathryn Beaumont and Gaianed Francisco di Cremona. Art has been curated from the Royal Collection by Jane Ixtar and Tiamat Windstorm.

Regency Buckingham – Throne Room (10) (upper left) / Music room (14) (upper right) / Throne Room (10) with Queen Diomita (lower left) / Grand Staircase (7) (lower right)

I made the tour of Regency Buckingham following the orientation map, that is also enclosed in the notecard. For every room you get very detailed and specific information about the background, the use of the room and the exhibited art. Most of the art, like in the halls, are collections from certain kings. None is painted after the 1840s.

Regency Buckingham – State Dining room (12) (upper left) / Ministers Staircase (16) (upper right) / King’s Gallery (11) (lower left) / Diomita with the “tour guide”
(lower right)

It was once again a very impressive experience to visit the palace. It’s also good to see that there’re very strong and passionate communities in Second Life that do exist for more than a decade – and that the Regency Buckingham is still in this virtual world. I personally think, if you’re in Second Life, Regency Buckingham is one of the places you must have seen. Thank you Jacon for your dedication and for enabling this really outstanding piece of Second Life.

Landmark to Antiquity (Visitors Center)
Landmark to Antiquity – Regency Buckingham (Forest level)

Simploring 2018 (19) Château de Clagny

I used SL Destinations to select a destination for my simploring tour Friday, February 23rd, and picked Château de Clagny. It is not the first château I visited within second life, I was at the Buckingham Palace (read here) in May 2016 and I visited Angel Manor (read here) in January 2015. While the Buckingham Palace still exsists up until today (and way longer), Angel Manor is a product of fantasy with many similarities to real châteaus.

The Château de Clagny in Second Life is a reconstruction of a long lost building, demonstrating that we can visit and experience lost buildings and landmarks within virtual worlds.
“The Château de Clagny was a French country house that stood northeast of the Château de Versailles; it was designed by Jules Hardouin-Mansart for Madame de Montespan between 1674 and 1680. Although among the most important of the private residences designed by this great architect, it was demolished in 1769 after years of neglect. Its appearance can only be traced through the engravings made of it, and scattered references in the archives of the Bâtiments du Roi.” (from wikipedia)

When you visit the Château de Clagny in Second Life you’ll land in the central court in front of the château. Right next to the main entrance you can grab a folder full with information and some engravings of the original château.

The “French country house”, what an understatement (!), was built for Françoise Athénaïs de Rochechouart de Mortemart, Marquise of Montespan (5 October 1640 – 27 May 1707), better known as Madame de Montespan, who was the most celebrated maîtresse en titre of King Louis XIV of France, by whom she had seven children (from wikipedia).
The architect was Jules Hardouin-Mansart (16 April 1646 – 11 May 1708), one of the most important European architects of the seventeenth century (from wikipedia).

And now you can visit the Château de Clagny in Second Life!
The reconstruction is quite impressive. This “French country house” is huge and very luxurious. You sense the wealth already from the outside, but the inside isn’t any less luxurious. I walked through many rooms and it was like visiting a palace in the physcial world. Really amazing. The main wing and the right wing are used for living, with dining rooms, bedrooms, a chapel, meeting rooms and smaller representation rooms. In the left wing there’s a huge throne room or ball room. Attached to the right wing are private rooms. The doors were locked, hence I didn’t walk in. Attached to the left wing is the organerie. The whole palace it surrounded by a large park.

Inside of Chateau de Clagny:
Main entrance (upper left)
Chapel (upper right)
a dining room (lower left)
Orangerie (lower right)

The Château de Clagny is owned by a group named LOS TEXANOS, founded by Pixapao Xeno de Bexar (Pixapao Xeno). I don’t know if he’s the creator of Château de Clagny, I can only assume it. Looking at his profile and at other profiles, I found when looking at the objects, I assume that the palace is also used for role playing, yet I didn’t find a clear hint nor did I find advertisements for events at the Château de Clagny. Some of the inventory of the palace is for sale, but there’s also no vendor or any disturbing advertisement for it.

Some outside impressions of Château de Clagny, lower left shows the garden house

As a tourist, just enjoy the views and the luxury! I did enjoy my visit a lot and I couldn’t refrain to take a picture of myself as her majesty “Fetish Queen Diomita” in the throne room.

The throne room of Château de Clagny with “her majesty Fetish Queen Diomita” 🙂

My thank you goes to Pixapao Xeno and the LOS TEXANOS group for providing Château de Clagny to the public. I hope you can maintain the palace for many years to come.

Landmark to Château de Clagny
Château de Clagny in Wikipediaâteau_de_Clagny
Marquise of Montespan in Wikipediaçoise-Athénaïs_de_Rochechouart_de_Mortemart
Jules Hardouin-Mansart in Wikipedia

Recreating Buckingham Palace in Second Life

The palace is a proof of what is possible in Second Life, just amazing! And you can sense what an effort it was to build it. Knowing that the creators did research and did care about little details makes the visit even instructional. And you get a lot of information to understand the buliding and the living of it’s residents. I can’t stop being excited about this virtual world and about the creativity people develop to add to our experience! I can only recommend a visit even for non-royalists.

May 16th: Diomita at Regency Buckingham (1)

May 16th: Diomita at Regency Buckingham – Fetish meets royal luxury (1)

May 16th: Diomita at Regency Buckingham (2)

May 16th: Diomita at Regency Buckingham -Fetish meets royal luxury  (2)


Inara Pey: Living in a Modemworld

Regency Buckingham; Inara Pey, May 2016, on FlickrRegency Buckingham – click any image for full size

Jacon Cortes recently invited me to visit a project on which he has been working on for the last several years, and which finally opened its doors to the public in late 2015: an exquisite reproduction of Buckingham Palace. Intrigued, I hopped over to take a look, and Jacon and KarenKate Sands were kind enough to join me.

“We call it Regency Buckingham,  Jacon, a period role-player known in-world as  Jacon Cortes de Béxar (the historians might note his surname being indicative of another of his interests) told me. “Altogether, it’s been three-and-a-half years in development. and we’re still  building project, and it is still a work in progress; we still have some rooms we are working on. But we have reproduced twelve of the staterooms, which people can tour.”

Regency Buckingham; Inara Pey, May 2016, on FlickrRegency Buckingham – The Grand Entry

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