Stunning Empire Furnishings Found In Nymphenburg Palace Part 1

The Pagodenburg in Nymphenburg Park

Nymphenburg Palace is one of the most beautiful examples of Rococo design, in fact the palace, together with its park, is now one of the most famous sights of Munich. The palace lies ahead the Munich Residence and Schleissheim Palace, and behind the castles of King Ludwig II, and Neuschwanstein.

Schloss Nymphenburg was built from 1664 as a summer residence for Elector Ferdinand. Architect Agostino Barelli to build them a summer residence west of Munich. The building project began in 1664 and was then enlarged under Max Emanuel and Karl Albrecht from plans by Henrico Zuccalli and Joseph Effner.

The palace went through several changes along the way.   Five generations of Wittelsbach rulers were involved in the construction of this castle.

The building of Nymphenburg Castle began in the reign of the Elector Ferdinand
Maria. The castle was dedicated to the birth of his son and heir, Max Emanuel.

Max Emanuel, was the first to make additions, in the year 1700. He added galleries and pavilions, extending the sides of the Nymphenburg Palace.  For this job, he chose architects Enrico Zuccali and Antonio Viscardi. Soon stables were added to the south and an orangerie to the north.  The central section owes its present appearance to the efforts of Josef Effner,who in 1715, designed the pilasters, arched windows and busts that now grace the exterior.

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Further additions continued, especially throughout the 18th century. A circle of ornate Baroque mansions, known as the Schlossrondell, was erected under Emperor Charles VII. The enormous Grand Hall or Steinerner Saal, was added during the reign of Elector Maximilian III Joseph and includes ornate Rococo elements fashioned by Flemish architect François Cuvilliés. Johann Baptist Zimmermann created the magnificent ceiling frescoes.

Today you can visit Nymphenburg Palace and view the rooms that are decorated in their original Baroque style.  Some of the rooms were redone in Rococo and neo-Classical style, and are brilliant to look at.

The Queens Bedroom features a bed with silver embroidery on green silk, dating around 1730.  The queen’s Bedroom was furnished by Andreas Gartner in green silk wall coverings.   Ludwig II was born in this room on August 25, 1845.

The kitchen of the Amalienburg, the walls decorated with brightly colored Dutch tiles.  The massive Great Hall was decorated in the Rococo style by Johann Baptist Zimmermann and François Cuvilliés the Elder under Elector Max III Joseph.

Chessboard in the Pagodenburg in Nymphenburg park, Munich, Bavaria

Picture Credit Cedricthiel Blog

Picture Credit Cedricthiel Blog

The Pagodenburg in Nymphenburg Park

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