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Schloss Charlottenburg

Berlin, Germany
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This stately palace had rather modest beginnings in 1699 as the summer villa of Sophie-Charlotte, wife of Elector Friedrich III. After Friedrich's promotion to king in 1701, he hired Swedish architect Johann Nering Eosander to expand the structure. Subsequent Prussian rulers continued to dabble with the palace, resulting in today's grand edifice whose façade is 500m long, only 70m less than Versailles. It flanks a lavish baroque garden with several outbuildings, including a royal mausoleum and the Belvedere pleasure palace. The oldest section of the main palace is the Altes Schloss (Old Palace), which contains Friedrich and Sophie-Charlotte's private quarters as well as an oak-paneled banquet hall, the royal chapel and... Read More
This stately palace had rather modest beginnings in 1699 as the summer villa of Sophie-Charlotte, wife of Elector Friedrich III. After Friedrich's promotion to king in 1701, he hired Swedish architect Johann Nering Eosander to expand the structure. Subsequent Prussian rulers continued to dabble with the palace, resulting in today's grand edifice whose façade is 500m long, only 70m less than Versailles. It flanks a lavish baroque garden with several outbuildings, including a royal mausoleum and the Belvedere pleasure palace. The oldest section of the main palace is the Altes Schloss (Old Palace), which contains Friedrich and Sophie-Charlotte's private quarters as well as an oak-paneled banquet hall, the royal chapel and an Asian porcelain collection. The frilliest rooms are in the Neuer Flügel (New Wing), added by Frederick the Great in the 1740s but closed for restoration until at least late 2014. 
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