Electoral Palace - Kurfürstliches Palais, Trier
The pink and white layer cake Rococo Palais der Kurfursten was the home to the Archbishop-Electors of the Holy Roman Empire. Now it is a local government office, but it retains all of its outrageous and colourful glory. It overlooks a series of beautifully kept gardens, which fill with sun seekers, children and parents, and Frisbee throwers in the summer. They play in between the starkly white Rococo statues which preen around its edges.
The Electoral Palace (the marker points at the Constantin Basilica which is wall-to-wall with the palace) is regarded as one of the most beautiful rococo palaces in the world. Especially beautiful is the south wing, which can be admired from the Palace Garden.
The construction work was started in 1615 but not totally finished until 1756.
Concerts are performed in the Grand Chamber of the rococo wing from time to time and in the summer open-air concerts are held in the courtyard.
Since the Electoral Palace is used as an administrative building, visits to the courtyard and the inside is possible only on certain days and at certain times, so I couldn't go inside this time.
Looking at this building is like looking on an enormous wedding cake. It is absolutely beautiful. Most of the rococco style building was built in and around 1615 by Lothar von Metternich. It is actually attached to the Basilika, which stands behind it. It is the most incongruous of matches, believe me. Sadly, it is a very difficult building to tour inside as it is still a government administration building today. I had to settle for the feast from the outside only.
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This great Baroque palace was constructed in two phases, starting with the north and east wings built in 1615, then the west and south wings in 1756. The ornate Rococo south wing was designed by Johannes Seitz. This is regarded as one of the masterpieces of German baroque/rococo architecture. The gardens are also exquisitely beautiful.
This is still used as an administrative center by the city government, so visits inside the building are restricted. See the website for more details.
the kurfurstiches palais (palace of the electors) is located next the aula palatina in central trier. built between 1756 and 1762 it is considered one of the most beautiful rococo buildings in the world. the palace of the electors was designed by johannes seiz and was built for archbishop johann phillip von waldendorff. today it is used as a government admistration building and is not open to the public.
The Electoral Palace (Kurfürstliches Palais) is the weird pink building attached to the ancient Basilica. It was begun in 1614 as a residence for the Holy Roman Empire electors, who ruled this area from the 1200s or 1300s. The building was originally constructed in a traditional German style, but the pink side was remodeled in 1756-1761. The system of electoral archbishops was finally dissolved in Trier in 1794. The pink rococo building is still used today as city administrative offices.
While some consider this building a beautiful work of art, I believe it is terribly gaudy, and it really ruins the look and feel of the Roman Basilica to which it is attached.
Archbishop-Electors were powerful and rich and all built magnificent Palaces. All that I have seen are Baroque (or Rococco as this one is termed). It was built in 1615 but remodelled in 1756 by J. Seitz who created a beautiful staircase which you can only see if your are invited to State occasions (or in picture books). There are numerous statuary by F. Dietz both inside and out and in the Gardens, The garden is bounded in part by medieval city wall which also separates it from the Roman Museum. We walked around the older part which showed some Renaissance features. The Facade faces the Garden and is most elaborate with a mythical pediment of Goddesses and Apollo
The Electoral Palace directly next to the Basilika is considered one of the most beautiful rococo palaces in the world.
Among many other facets, a princely staircase in the present seat of the District Administration (ADD) reveals the splendour of the Electors and Archbishops
In 1615, Elector Lothar von Metternich had the present north and east wings built; the west and south wings were constructed under Philipp Christoph von Soetern. The structure was finally finished by Carl Caspar von der Leyen.
The especially beautiful south wing, which can be admired from the Palace Garden, was commissioned by Archbishop Johann Philipp von Walderdorff in1756 and designed by Johannes Seiz. The sculptures were crafted by Ferdinand Tietz.
The magnificent rococo staircase in the south wing, also a creation by the artists Seiz and Tietz, is particularly worth seeing.
On occasion, concerts are performed in the Grand Chamber of the rococo wing or summer open-air concerts in the courtyard.
As the Electoral Palace serves as an administrative building, visits outside times of public functions are possible only by appointment with the District Administration
The Elector's Palace is a 17th century palace that adjoins the Basilica, and originally was built in a rectangular shape with two courtyards inside. They remained unchanged until Johannes Seitz, to make it the archbishop Elector’s official residence, rebuilt the south-wing 1757-61 in the style German Renaissance style. But this project was never completed and the balance of its proportions was seriously impaired by the Basilica's subsequent restoration during the middle of the last century.
Its inner staircase is the work of the sculptor Ferdinand Tietz The figures on the balcony and on the pediment (Ceres, the Goddess of Agriculture and Fertility, the Putti and Graces) are all his or his school's work. The Palace is now the seat of the District Government and Administration.
The buildings in the second palace courtyard were damaged or destroyed in 1944 during WWII and later partly replaced by new buildings. The Red Tower (Der Rote Turm) dating from the middle of the 17th century was restored here in 1966.
The Elector's Palace is situated at one end of the Palace Garden opposite the Kaiserthermen (Imperial Thermae). At the edge of the Palace Garden lies the Landesmuseum.
The palace cannot be entered because its interior is used for city offices, but the adjoining Palace Gardens (Palastgarten) are always open and free.
The north and east wings of Electoral Palace near the 'Basilika' (see left side of the picture!) were built in 1615; the west and south wings were constructed later. The Electoral palace is built in Rococo style. It used to be the seat of Electors and Archbishops of Trier.
Kurfürstliches Palais (Electoral Palace)
East and north wing, Red Tower and St. Peter's Portal in Renaissance style, 17th cent.; Baroque south wing: 1757-1761; Nowdays seat of the district government. The park is beautiful place to visit. Behind the Palace there is Lutheran church.