The palace park at Schwetzingen

by Jay July. 12, 2015 2707 views

The Prince-Elector (of the Holy Roman Empire) Carl Theodor built a lovely summer palace with extensive grounds that had a variety of follies, fountains, canals, and buildings simply for the pleasure of having.

All were interesting to me. The palace itself is not so spectacular or particularly grand when compared to more splendid residences of the prince-elector's “colleagues” and cousins around royal Europe at that time. But, this mosque that he had built is on such a pleasant and scenic setting. No, he did not have it built for religious purposes; it was merely an architectural diversion. Landscape architecture was in high demand in those days, with princes of all levels trying to outdo the creations of the other. Carl-Theodor didn't do a bad job.

The grounds that we see today at Schwetzingen were created in the second half of the 18th century, and Prince-Elector Carl Theodor was the only one to reside here, as he was to be one of the last - if not the actual last - Prince Electors from this region before the Holy Roman Empire was disbanded by Napoleon.

The palace of Schwetzingen and its surrounding town are a must if one is in this region of Germany, near Mannheim and Karlsruhe.

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Jesslyn Jocom 2 years, 8 months ago

Great shots, love the reflection.

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Larry Sample 3 years ago

So well done!

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Antonio Gil 3 years ago

So serene.

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Jacki 3 years ago

Not too shabby even if he was outdone by his cousins!

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Liz M 3 years ago

Interesting information..a great post!

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Jay Boggess 3 years ago

Interesting back-story info! Lovely series. Love the clarity, compositions and mix of color & B&W! Great job!

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Gillian Parsons 3 years ago

Love the setting and colour of the building

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