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Wittumspalais (Widow's Palace) Source: http://www.klassik-stiftung.de/en/institutions/castles-and-gardens/wittumspalais/ History The Baroque city palais is located on Theaterplatz in the centre of Weimar. For many years, the castle was inhabited by Duchess Anna Amalia of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach (1739-1807, reigned from 1759-1775), one of the few female regents of the Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation. She acquired the castle in 1774 from her minister Baron Jakob Friedrich von Fritsch after a devastating fire had made the palace uninhabitable. The gardens which originally belonged to the Wittumspalais had to give way to the construction of Theaterplatz at the beginning of the 19th century. In the 1870s, Grand Duke Carl Alexander had the Wittumspalais renovated and set up a museum dedicated to Anna Amalia. Visitation After moving into the Wittumspalais, Anna Amalia had the interior redesigned according to plans drawn up by Adam Friedrich Oeser, Director of the Leipzig Academy of Drawing. He was responsible for the ceiling frescos in the ballroom on the second floor and in the private rooms on the first floor. Numerous busts, oil paintings and watercolours show members of the ducal family and court as well as guests from Germany and abroad. Portraits of Christoph Martin Wieland, Johann Gottfried Herder, Johann Wolfgang Goethe and Friedrich Schiller are on display in the Red Salon, designated the poet?s room by Carl Alexander. The dining room, the so-called Round Table room, served Anna Amalia as a venue for social evenings. The interior and furnishings of the widow's palace are distinguished by their simple elegance and sound craftsmanship. One highlight is the almost authentic décor in the Green Salon, once the Duchess's living room, which dated back to 1785 and is in early classical style." Klassik Stiftung Weimar has published the audio text of Wittumspalais. Please visit the page: http://www.klassik-stiftung.de/uploads/tx_lombkswmargcontent/wittumspalais_eng_mit_Bildern.pdf
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