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Orangery Palace Sanssouci

Terraces | Plant Hall | Raffael Hall

Address: Sanssouci, An der Orangerie 3-5, 14469 Potsdam
Construction period: built 1851-60, terraces until about 1864
Architects: Friedrich August Stüler and Ludwig Ferdinand Hesse, partly following designs by Frederic William IV; gardens by Peter Joseph Lenné
Principal: Frederic William IV,
after his death William I

The Orangery Palace does not seek to deny the fact that it was inspired by Villa d'Este in Tivoli near Rom, one of the most famous garden architectures of all time. And with its imposing terraces, its plays of water, its flowers and its sculptural decorations, the Orangery is the perfect setting for Open Airs. The two gigantic Plant Halls have kept their original purpose to this day: Its inventory of more than 1,000 potted plants make it one of the largest of its kind in Europe besides Versailles and Vienna. Raffael Hall, containing 50 copies inspired by the master's original paintings is at the heart of the central building and its representational spatiality. Evenly lit by indirect light it encompasses two floors and makes for both an impressive gallery as well as a concert venue. There's a romantic grotto vault hidden behind vine-clad arches on the so-called "Anniversary Terrace" below Mulberry Avenue. The views across the water basin in front and into the garden beyond are charmingly blissful.

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