Berliner Stadtschloss

The Berlin City Palace (German: Berliner Stadtschloss) was a royal and imperial palace in the centre of Berlin, the historical capital of Prussia, and subsequently Germany. It was located on the Museum Island at Schlossplatz, opposite the Lustgarten park. It was the winter residence of the Kings of Prussia and the German Emperors. In 2013 work started on reconstruction and a part of the exterior of the palace has been rebuilt.

Berlin City Palace 1950 (below)

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The palace was originally built in the 15th century and changed throughout the next few centuries. It bore features of the Baroque style, and its shape, finalised by the middle 18th century, is attributed to German architect Andreas Schlüter, whose first design is likely to date from 1702, though the palace incorporated earlier parts seen in 1688 by Nicodemus Tessin. It served as a residence to various Electors of Brandenburg. It was the principal residence and winter residence of the Hohenzollern Kings of Prussia from 1701 to 1918. After the unification of Germany in 1871, it was also the central residence for the German Emperors. It became a museum following the fall of the German Empire in 1918. The palace was heavily damaged by Allied bombing in World War II. Although it could have been repaired at great expense, the palace was demolished in 1950 by the German Democratic Republic authorities, despite West German protests.

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Berliner Schloss, Humboldt Forum, Berlin, Deutschland, September 2020

The Berlin Palace (GermanBerliner Schloss), formally the Royal Palace (GermanKönigliches Schloss), on the Museum Island in Berlin was the main residence of the House of Hohenzollern from 1443 to 1918. Extended by order of the later King Frederick I of Prussia according to plans by Andreas Schlüter from 1689 to 1713, it was considered as a major work of PrussianBaroque architecture. The former royal palace was one of Berlin’s largest buildings and shaped the cityscape with its 60 metres (197 feet) high dome. Damaged during the Allied bombing in World War II, the East German authorities demolished the palace in 1950. After the German reunification, the Berlin Palace is being rebuilt as Humboldt Forum.

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