Photographer's Note

This used to be the location of the duchy administration. Duke Ulrich had the part of the building facing the palace completed by 1544 to house the treasury, the clerk's office and the library. 23 years later the second part was added, separated from the first by the protruding crow-step fire wall on the roof. The fine Renaissance doorways recall the two men who had them built. Towards the Palace Square there stands the Merkursäule, or Mercury Column, which up until 1862 used to support a water reservoir for the Old Palace and now is crowned by a golden statue of Mercury, the ancient god of trade. The figure was created by the court sculptor Ludwig von Hofer after an Florentine original by Giovanni di Bologna. At the base of the column there is the "Kosakenbrünnele", a fountain named after the Cossacks who watered their horses here after the campaign against Napoleon in 1814, which Württemberg supported.

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Additional Photos by Marque Berger (rio_de_janeiro) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 78 W: 82 N: 410] (2091)
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