Tuesday, 30 July 2013

The Munich Residenz is the largest city palace in Germany

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This palace is situated at the end of the old town of Munich. This palace is one of the best interior decoration museums in Europe. Existing buildings on the palace was built in 1385. Consists of ten pages and a beautiful garden. The museum itself featuring 130 rooms with the antique furniture, art, porcelain, and tapestries during the Renaissance, Baroque, Rococo, and neoclassical era.

The Munich Residenz is the largest city palace in Germany. It served as the seat of government and the residence of Bavarian dukes, electors and kings for 410 years, from 1508 to 1918.

What began as a small moated castle in 1385 at the north-eastern corner of town (the Neuveste, or new citadel), the Munich Residenz was gradually expanded by the Wittelsbach rulers over the centuries into a magnificent palace with its buildings and gardens extending further and further into the town.
Residenz Museum

The Residenz became a public museum in 1920 and is amongst the finest palace museums in Europe. It suffered extensive damage during WWII, with 23,000 square metres of roofing reduced to 50. Reconstruction work began in 1945 and the Residenz has been restored to much of its former glory. Fortunately, the curators had the foresight to remove and store away many of the furnishing, details of its architecture, and works of art and other art objects. These were gradually returned, as far as possible, to their original locations.

The Antiquarium is the oldest room of the Residenz München. This 66-metre long hall is the largest and most lavish Renaissance interior north of the Alps. Duke Albrecht V had it built (1568 – 1571) for his collection of antique sculptures and these antiquities gave the room its name “Antiquarium”.

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