Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Theme Day: Your favourite part of town

Today I want show you my favorite part in Berlin. Come with me on a tour through the most beautiful garden in Berlin 'Charlottenburg Garden'.

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Charlottenburg Palace

The Charlottenburg Palace was built between 1695-1699, designed by the architect J. Arnold Nering. It was initially intended as a small garden and summer palace for the wife of Elector Friedrich III., Sophie Charlotte.

After the coronation of the elector in 1701 the first king in Prussia, the castle was built by the architect von Goethe Eosander to a more representative seat modeled on Versailles. The main central building with its eleven axes window has now been supplemented by wing and there was a cour d'honneur, a Court of Honor. Also in this phase was added in the most characteristic component of the Castle, a little too overblown dome.

The death of Sophie Charlotte in 1705, received the castle and the nearby village its name. With the death of King Frederick I in 1713, the construction work stopped and continued only under Frederick the Great 1740 Designed by Knobelsdorff was built between 1740-1746 of the new wing to the east, which should make the equivalent of the old west with the orangery wing.

As a final component 1791, the Palace Theatre added, designed by Carl Gotthard Langhans. This extension of the orangery would mark the final of the nearly 100-year construction period.

After the Charlottenburg Palace was damaged during the Second World War, the restoration required more than two decades to rebuild.

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New Pavilion

Karl Friedrich Schinkel constructed this Italianesque building in 1825. An outstanding collection from Schinkel’s era with paintings by Caspar David Friedrich and Carl Blechen can be viewed here today. The new Pavillion is closed due to restoration. Reopening 2011

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The architect Carl Gotthard Langhans constructed this charming building in 1788 to provide a lookout point in Charlottenburg Park. An important collection from the Berlin Porcelain Manufactory (KPM) is shown here today.

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In the time it established itself in the Charlottenburg Palace as a summer residence, was built between 1709-12 in the west of the old castle subsequent Orangerie. Which served from Goethe Eosander Orangerie originally designed as wintering rare plants. During the summer months, when more than 500 orange, lemon and sour orange trees adorned the Baroque garden, the Orangerie was regularly magnificent scene of courtly festivities.

Destroyed in the War, the wing after the baroque style and rebuilt in a new light shines today. The well-lit banquet hall provides a lovely setting for cultural events, concerts and banquets. Not only in the past, the Orangerie of Charlottenburg Palace illustrious personalities can accommodate: So here were in the past years, about Queen Elizabeth II or the Chinese Premier visited.

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The mausoleum was built as a tomb for King Frederick William III and Queen Luise.
Later, Emperor William I and Empress Augusta were also laid to rest here.

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  1. There are many beautiful things to see in your favorite part of Berlin.

  2. Such fantastic buildings! I wish I could live in the Charlottenburg Palace!
    Prince Leif-Martin

  3. I was stunned. First, of course, one reads the text, and then to see that very first photograph... that's impact! Every photo was another wonderful treasure. I particularly liked ending with Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End.

    Wow, really nice. Thanks for sharing!