Sunday, 28 May 2017

Germany: Brunswick Palace

On Wednesday I got two postcards from Germany

One of them shows the Brunswick Palace. The Brunswick Palace was built by Carl Theodor Ottmer between 1831 and 1841 as residence for the Dukes of Brunswick. During World War II the palace was heavily damaged and in 1960 it was demolished, but between 2005 and 2007 it was rebuilt using Ottmer's plans and original stones. Today it houses the city library, the city archive, the Ducal Palace Museum and a shopping centre. The palace is crowned by Europe's largest quadriga. To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the reconstruction a big festival was held in the palace in early May.


Stamp:
Lily of the Valley (issued 06-05-2010)
with a special postmark from the festival


In 2011 the Ducal Palace Museum was opened in the left wing. It is a history museum and shows the original furniture of the palace. Other themes of the museum are the history of the palace and of the Duchy of Brunswick.


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