German Baroque Architecture

17 Jun
Schloss Nymphenburg Weltenburg abbey Zwinger palace
Vierzehnheiligen Sans Souci Wiblingen
Perhaps the most distinctive architecture of South Germany belongs to the churches and palaces of the baroque and rococo periods such as Weltenburg abbey (by the Asam brothers); Vierzehnheiligen (by Balthasar Neumann); the monasteries of Melk, Wiblingen, Ottobeuren, St Florian, Gottweig; the Residenz, Wurzburg (by Neumann, 1719-44); the Kinsky and Trautson palaces; the Zwinger palace at Dresden; Schloss Nymphenburg at Munich (1734-9); and the rococo palace of Sans Souci  at Potsdam (1745-55).
The baroque style of architecture flourished in Germany in the 18th century. One of the most outstanding German baroque architects was Balthasar Neumann, who favored circular and oval forms and used undulating lines to lend dynamism to his buildings. The Residenz in Würzburg, designed by Neumann, is considered to be one of the finest examples of the German baroque style. The richly decorated Kaisersaal, or Emperor’s Hall, of the Residenz, shown here, is an oval reception room with a domed ceiling and frescoes painted by Italian master Giovanni Battista Tiepolo.

The Residenz in Würzburg

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