The New Palace (German: Neues Palais) is a palace situated on the western side of the Sanssouci royal park in Potsdam. The building was begun in 1763, after the end of the Seven Years' War, under Frederick the Great and was completed in 1769. It is considered to be the last great Prussian baroque palace.
The building of the palace commenced at the end of the Seven Years' War, to celebrate Prussia’s success. The war is also variably referred to as the Third Silesian War, owing to the dispute over Silesia. In an architectural form, Frederick the Great sought to demonstrate the power and glories of Prussia attributing it as fanfaronade, an excess of splendor in marble, stone and gilt.
For the King, the New Palace was not a principal residence, but a display for the reception of important royals and dignitaries. Of the over 200 rooms, four principal gathering rooms and a theater were available for royal functions, balls and state occasions. During his occasional stays at the palace, Frederick occupied a suite of rooms at the southern end of the building, composed of two antechambers, a study, a concert room, a dining salon and a bedroom, among others.
After the death of Frederick the Great in 1786, the New Palace fell into disuse and was rarely occupied as a residence or entertainment venue. However, starting in 1859 it became the summer residence of the German Crown Prince, Frederick William, later Emperor Frederick III. The palace was the preferred residence of Frederick and his empress, Victoria, throughout the 99 Days’ Reign. During the short reign of Frederick III, the palace was renamed Friedrichskron Palace (Schloß Friedrichskron) and a moat was dug around the palace. The ascension of William II saw renovation and restoration within the palace being carried out with the installation of steam heating, bathrooms in state apartments and electrification of the chandeliers which Frederick the Great had collected from across Europe. Until 1918, it remained the preferred residence of William II and the Empress Augusta.
After the November Revolution and the abdication of Emperor William, the New Palace became a museum and remained such until the Second World War. Much of its furniture had been removed and taken to the residence of the exiled Kaiser Wilhelm II at Huis Doorn in the Netherlands. Some of the palace’s treasures were removed by Soviet Army at the end of the second world war. Today the palace retains much of its Frederician décor and furnishings.
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BeBeHooker (0) 2010-05-07 10:38
Very fine palace, very fine cupola, amzing architecture. Marvelous colors. Good take. Very good contrast and sharp. Fine frame.
PaulVDV (31921) 2010-05-07 10:47
Very beautiful colour contrasts and a splendid architecture picture.
Best regards, Paul
JFS (32459) 2010-05-07 10:58
O lo han pintado o es mérito de tu foto pero encuentro el palacio mucho más hermoso que cuando lo vi. El azul del cielo hace un bello contraste con la fachada "roja" del palacio.
Yves-triga (5149) 2010-05-07 11:38
splendid architecture and beautiful colors in harmony with the style of the palace.
nisko (2642) 2010-05-07 11:50
Wonderful composition full of colours and a magnificent light!I like a lot your framing!!tfs...
ciakgiak (30433) 2010-05-07 12:34
L'architettura di questa costruzione è incredibilmente bella così come lo sono i magnifici colori. La grande nitidezza permette di apprezzarne ogni minimo dettaglio. Splendida la luce ed i colori del cielo.
Un caro abbraccio
lousat (96771) 2010-05-07 13:05
Ciao Manuel,che bellissimo gioco di luci e ombre sulla facciata del palazzo,questo è uno dei segreti della bellezza della tua foto.Anche i colori forti e il cielo ti hanno aiutato a comporre una meravigliosa prospettiva.Complimenti e buon weekend,Luciano
vasilpro (41661) 2010-05-07 13:21
Wonderful architectural composition, interesting palace, beautiful atmosphere, vivid colors, excellent light management.
Have a nice weekend, Vasilis.
francio64 (39888) 2010-05-07 14:26
bel taglio verticale per questa bella foto dove l'ottima gestione della luce esalta la resa cromatica.
Molto bella l'architettura del palazzo.
aristo (3214) 2010-05-07 22:12
Great shot!Beautiful architecture with superb colors and light.Really nice composition,compliments,
pablominto (53746) 2010-05-07 22:55
The variations in light add interest value!
Rich colours and sharp fine details, the symmetry with a deviation works well here...
The human factor taken care of, I'm not that sure about the car though..!
COSTANTINO (68924) 2010-05-07 23:50
Excellent monument with very interesting architectural details,the contrast of the colours with the
greengrass add beauty to this scenery
your notes about the New Palace are very useful
greetings and have a nice week end
coco (30439) 2010-05-08 0:53
Hola Don Manuel.
La luz y el color le dan tanta y tanta vida a la foto.
Enhorabuena por ella y por el viaje y la acertada composición.
mikolaj_kawa (0) 2010-05-08 1:11
Ola Manuel! Amazing weather, very good colours, perfect saturation, ideal sharpness, good contrast. Superb architecture. Interesting note. Nice frame. Well done!
dta (81636) 2010-05-08 3:02
Hola Manu ,
C'est une architecture de toute beauté , et un cliché attrayant , par ses belles couleurs et contrastes . Le point de vue et le cadrage sont très bons .
peppe59 (14555) 2010-05-08 4:33
eccellente composizione con grande qualità, nitidezza e fantastici contrasti, ottimo lavoro.
Vasa (515) 2010-05-08 6:33
Hi Manual, the light is on best place of your great subject. The horizontal presentation should be also efficient. Nice picture, dear friend,
belido (19934) 2010-05-08 7:11
you did a great job on the colors for this photo. The intense tones go very well in here to enhance the architecture details. People add life to the scene. Nicely done!
Tashy (1836) 2010-05-08 12:05
qué puedo decir sobre esta foto? Perfectamente integrado, colores brillantes, gran nitidez y detalles. Bonito contraste entre el cielo y el edificio.
Un buen fin de semana,
sabermonajati (11383) 2010-05-09 2:38
illustrated and tasteful architecture.
nice frame you shot.
Rafer (0) 2010-05-09 5:18
Precioso lugar al que le sobra la "fragoneta" jajaja..saludos
Fante (5429) 2010-05-10 11:07
beautiful photo of very interesting architecture. Nice low POV and very good composition. Perfect sharpness and good strong colors. Bravo
Longroute (19396) 2010-05-12 2:10
Una architettura magnifica che coi suoi colori accesi risalta molto bene contro il cielo blu. Mi piace il contrasto cromatico tra il rosso vivo della facciata e il verde brillante dell'erba. Una bella luce e una buona composizione.
mkamionka (39803) 2010-05-12 11:25
thank you so much for the postcard from Potsdam.
This was a first weekend trip which I did with my wife when I met her. I took a lot of her pictures with this palace as a background but they are all analog.
It is a beautiful place.
- Copyright: Manuel Mayorga (ManuMay) (36287)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2006-12-08
- Categories: Daily Life, Architecture, Artwork
- Camera: Olympus Mju 410
- Exposure: f/3.1, 1/500 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2010-05-07 10:36