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  • Creator(s):
    G. Massiot & cie
    Description:

    Le Vau proposed in 1668 a plan which preserved the original château at the centre, surrounding it by an ‘enveloppe’, which entirely screened it from the garden side but left it visible from the courtyard. The new building was in white ashlar. The palace interiors were fitted up in the 1670s while building works continued: the apartments of the King and Queen were decorated in marbles of various colours, and the ceiling paintings were entrusted to Charles Le Brun and his team. The enla…

    Date Created:
    1910-01-01
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  • Creator(s):
    G. Massiot & cie
    Description:

    Under Frederick II the Great (1740-1786) Potsdam became the Prussian royal residence. The palace (1745-1747) is on the northwest edge of the Brandenburg suburb and was built on the terraces of a vineyard and surrounded by a park containing further palaces and gardens, which collectively formed the summer residences of the Prussian kings and German emperors. The plans were modelled on the Grand Trianon at Versailles. The palace itself is a single-storey building. Also in Sanssouci park is the …

    Date Created:
    1910-01-01
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  • Creator(s):
    G. Massiot & cie
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    The Zwinger (Der Dresdner Zwinger) is a palace in Dresden, built in Baroque style by Frederick-Augustus I. It served as the orangery, exhibition gallery and festival arena of the Dresden Court. The location was formerly part of the Dresden fortress of which the outer wall is conserved. The name derives from the German word Zwinger (outer ward of a concentric castle). It began as a new garden laid out in 1709 to a sketch plan by the Elector himself. The two-storey gateway at the centre, the Kr…

    Date Created:
    1910-01-01
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