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|Architectural style||Gothic revival|
|Town or city||Potsdam|
|Client||Prince (later Emperor) |
|Owner||Stiftung Preußische Schlösser und Gärten Berlin-Brandenburg|
|Design and construction|
|Architect||Karl Friedrich Schinkel |
Johann Heinrich Strack
|Stiftung Preußische Schlösser und Gärten|
|Part of||Palaces and Parks of Potsdam and Berlin|
|Criteria||Cultural: (i), (ii), (iv)|
|Inscription||1990 (14th session)|
Babelsberg Palace (German: Schloss Babelsberg) lies in the eponymous park and quarter of Potsdam, the capital of the German state of Brandenburg, near Berlin. For over 50 years it was the summer residence of Prince William, later German Emperor William I and King of Prussia and his wife, Augusta of the House of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach, German Empress and Queen of Prussia.
The building, designed in the English Gothic revival style, was built in two phases over the period 1835–1849. The contract to plan the palace was given to the architects Karl Friedrich Schinkel, Ludwig Persius and Johann Heinrich Strack.
On 22 September 1862 in the palace and adjoining park the discussion between King William I of Prussia and Otto von Bismarck took place that ended with the nomination of Bismarck as Minister President and Foreign Minister of Prussia.
World Heritage Site
Since 1990, Babelsberg Palace has been part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site "Palaces and Parks of Potsdam and Berlin". The palace is administered by the Stiftung Preußische Schlösser und Gärten Berlin-Brandenburg.
Since 2013, the palace has been undergoing an intense renovation of its facades and interiors.
The Palace of Prince Wilhelm at Babelsberg by Carl Daniel Freydanck, 1838
- Amtlicher Führer der Stiftung Preußische Schlösser und Gärten Berlin-Brandenburg: Park und Schloss Babelsberg. 3rd edition, 1999
- Gert Streidt, Klaus Frahm: Potsdam. Die Schlösser und Gärten der Hohenzollern. Könemann Verlagsgesellschaft mbH. Cologne, 1996. ISBN 3-89508-238-4
- Georg Poensgen: Schloss Babelsberg. Deutscher Kunstverlag, Berlin 1929.
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