Sanssouci Palace (Germany)
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The most visited attraction in Potsdam is Sanssouci Palace. The architect Georg W. von Knobelsdorff designed the building which was built between 1745 and 1747.The in rococo style Hohenzollern palace is located in Sanssouci park. The desire of Frederick to be buried in Sanssouci Palace was finally honored in 1991, in the 205th anniversary of his death.
Under Frederick William IV of the building damaged wings were extended. The last real inhabitant of the Sanssouci palace was the widow of Frederick William IV. Subsequently, the building was converted into a museum and opened to the public from April 1927.
Numerous works of art disappeared from the Potsdam palaces during the Second World War. At least Frederick the Great collection of books, along with 36 oil paintings, returned to the Sanssouci palace after the reunification of Germany.
With about 70 km of paths, Sanssouci Park is the largest park in Brandenburg. Almost every monarch has left its mark on the park in one way or another. Its uniqueness attracts over a million tourists each year. The proximity of the main entrance (Green Gate) to the Potsdam city center is particularly convenient for visiting tourists. After climbing the hill in front of the Palazzo Sansssouci, visitors experience the Ruinenberg or pleasant walk through the Sicilian and the Nordic garden. The Marly Garden, full of flowers, flowering shrubs and statues contrasts with the darker atmosphere of Friedensgarten. To the south of Sanssouci Palace are the Charlottenhof, the Rose Garden, the Dichterhain, former pond carp and a Ildefonso Group sculpture.