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City Palace (Berlin Stadtschloss), Berlin

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The Berlin City Palace 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. The completion is expected in 2019.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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  • I had read about the plans for the city palace and looked forward to seeing it. I found it very interesting particularly as it is open while being built. Inside there are exhibits from the past and wh...  more »
  • The dome is finished and many decorative elements are attached to the facade. The rebuilding of the Berlin Palace is progressing rapidly and probably a King moves back there rather than that you can depart from the airport of BER. There are guided tours of the construction site. I personally find very well that not all pages will be rebuilt according to historic plans it. It's just exciting that it clearly shows a facade, that here is another building.
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  • While the palace is being built there is free entrance to the area where they show the reconstruction of the Baroque facades - in movies, models and the art of stone sculpture. Samsung must be one of ...  more »