004 : Residenz München

It’s been a while since the last post of my Germany trip (in June 2016) but finally I find the way back to record all the museums and interesting places I’ve visited during the trip. So here we go.

After visiting Schloss Nymphenburg and the museum of carriages and sleighs in the morning. In afternoon of the same day (June, 21) the city centre was my destination and for the first time confronting the famous Glockenspiel at the Neues Rathaus in Marienplatz. One of the most tourist attractions in Munich, the clock plays at 11am, 12pm every day and at 5pm between March and October.

 

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My afternoon destination wasn’t far from here and it is located in the city centre as well. Residenz München or The Munich Residence was the royal palace of the Bavarian dukes, electors, and kings from 1508 to 1918. Nowadays it becomes one of the most important palace museums in Europe.

Much of the Residence was destroyed during the Second World War, and from 1945 it was gradually reconstructed. Today it has been opened to the public as a museum while the magnificent and glorious atmosphere of the royal palace is still all over the place. Furniture, paintings, sculptures and metal equipments were created in Renaissance, Baroque, Rococo, Neoclassicist, and Historicist styles. One of the significant rooms here is Antiquarium.

 

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Antiquarium or Hall of Antiquities is the oldest hall within this palace. At first Duke Albrecht V had it built in purpose of collecting his antique sculptures but later Duke Wilhelm V and his son Maximilian I, transformed the Antiquarium into a hall for festivities and banquets.

There are many rooms within this Munich Residence and corridors that connect each section were also well decorated. Many rooms had been transformed into apartments occupied for visiting rulers and other guests.

 

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The Imperial Hall, which was built by Maximilian I at the beginning of the 17th century and in this period was the largest and most important room in the Residence for festivities and a place of utmost ceremonial importance.

 

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Court Chapel is the place where members of court came to worship but while they did on the ground floor of the chapel below. The rural family also did but from the galleries, which they could reach easily from their apartments.

The Court Chapel is dedicated to the Virgin of the Immaculate Conception. In the mid-18th century two important masters of South German Rococo, Johann Baptist and Franz Zimmermann, created the two side altars next to the choir.

 

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There are other rooms and more interesting objects await to be explore but because I didn’t enough time so I’ve unfortunately missed so many highlights here. There are Treasury, where display jewels, goldsmith’s work, enamels, crystal objects and ivories in the Munich Residence.

And Cuvilliés Theatre, the opera theatre is another highlight that I won’t miss it if I happen to be back in Munich again.

 

http://www.residenz-muenchen.de/englisch/residenc/index.htm

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