Munich Residenz (Part 1):
Today I am going to take your on a visual journey through the ornate rooms of the Munich Residenz. I have been to Munich several times, for Oktoberfest, shopping, restaurants, and partying at the Hofbrauhaus (which is a large beer hall and mini Oktoberfest in itself ). But I had been wanting to visit the Munich Redidenz to view and photograph the inside of the Residenz. We actually tried to see it months before but had shown up a few minutes too late. But when I found out that I could take pictures of the inside, (without flash) I knew I had to return. The tour comes with an audio guide in English.
There are 130 rooms in the Residenz and many of them have been built and rebuilt over centuries time. Inside the Residenz you can see many styles of archticture including Renaissance, Baroque, Rococo, and Neo-Classicism. But lets be honest, I was here for the Rococo. Much of the Residenz was destroyed during WW II and had to be rebuilt by photographs.
Below is the shell grotto, created entirely out of real shells.
Apparently when the fountain was in working order the mermaid's breast spouted water (and I've also read red wine?)
Hall of portraits below. Check out the gold detailing on the walls!
Royal family tree.
It's hard to see from this picture but behind the glass there was royal China and dishes.
Below you will find one of the many statues of Perseus who is holding the head of Medusa that he has just slain. As the story goes, he was the one able to slay her because he did "not look into her eyes."
And below we have Triton (in human form) who is the Greek messenger of the sea.
Here we can see the relic room with centuries old artifacts.
This box holds the coffin of a royal infant.
The Antiquitarium below is the oldest room in the Munich Residenz and it was Duke Albrect V that had it built beginning in 1568.
One of the chapels.
Since there were 130 rooms, there were plenty I have not explored yet. I had taken so many pictures so far that I had to break my tour of the Munich Residenz into two parts. On my next post, I will take you on a journey through the many rooms housing the German Rococo furniture. It is a delirious trip through room after room of opulence. Be sure to check it out!
Out of the styles that you can see in the Residenz (Renaissance, Baroque, Rococo, and Neo-Classicism) what is your favorite style?
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