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Marmorpalais, Potsdam

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The Marmorpalais is a former royal residence in Potsdam, near Berlin in Germany, built on the grounds of the extensive Neuer Garten on the shores of the Heiliger See . The palace was commissioned by King Friedrich Wilhelm II and designed in the early Neoclassical style by the architects Carl von Gontard and Carl Gotthard Langhans. The palace remained in use by the Hohenzollern family until the early 20th century. It served as a military museum under communist rule, but has since been restored and is once again open to the public.Building historyThe Marmorpalais was designed by the architects Carl von Gontard and (from 1789) Carl Gotthard Langhans, the designer of Berlin's Brandenburg Gate.The Marmorpalais was reserved as a summer residence for the private use of the king, who had an artistic temperament. With this new construction the nephew and successor of Frederick the Great dissociated himself from his childless uncle, whom he disliked and who favored earlier Baroque and Rococo forms.The red brick Marmorpalais was originally a two-story square building. A fine view of the surrounding gardens and lakes is possible from a round pavilion on the flat roof of the cubical structure. Among other buildings, the little castle on the Pfaueninsel in the Havel river was constructed as an eye-catcher. A stairway and gallery accessed from the roof lead into the belvedere. Sculptured putti carrying a basket of fruit decorate the tip of the pavilion. The palace got its name from the grey and white Silesian marble used for the decorative elements and partitioning structures.
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  • Even in December it's worth walking through the park. The tour was amazing with a very knowledgeable tour guide who also took her time to answer questions.  more »
  • After seeing Sanssouci Palace and Schloss Cecilienhof, this place was a bit underwhelming. However, do see it when you have time, as it’s different from the others, with a nice view overlooking the...  more »
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  • This place can only be visited with a German guided tour. Non German speaking visitors can join the tour with an English audio guide but need to stay with the group. Audio guide is faster than the tour guide so we spent most of the time waiting for the tour guide to finish so we could go to the next rooms.
  • Marvelous place by the lake. Exquisite style and superb view. Guided tour only, last one hour.
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