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Castles of Augustusburg and Falkenlust at Brühl
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Type of site: Cultural
Date: 18th-century
Date of Inscription: 1984
Location: Europe, Germany, State of North Rhine-Westphalia (Nordrhein-Westfalen)
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Description: Located in an tranquil garden landscape are the earliest examples of Rococo architecture in 18th-century Germany: Augustusburg Castle, a lavish residence of Cologne prince-archbishops, and the Falkenlust hunting lodge, a miniature rural folly. --WHMNet paraphrase from the description at WHC Site, where additional information is available.
  The Augustusburg and Falkenlust palaces in Brühl, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany have been listed as a UNESCO cultural World Heritage Site since 1984. They are connected by the spacious gardens and trees of the Schlosspark. The palaces were built at the beginning of the 18th century by the arch-bishop of Cologne, Klemens August of Bavaria (1700-1761) of the Wittelsbach family. The architects were Johann Conrad Schlaun and François de Cuvilliés. The magnificent staircase in Augustusburg Palace was designed by Johann Balthasar Neumann. he gardens were designed by Dominique Girard. An elaborate flower garden for an area south of the palaces was also designed, but it was restructured by Peter Joseph Lenné in the 1800s and turned into a landscape garden. Attempts to renovate the area have proven difficult, due to poor source material availability. Falkenlust was built from 1729 to 1740, in the style of the Amalienburg hunting lodge in the park of Nymphenburg Palace by François de Cuvilliés. Until 1994, Augustusburg has been used as a reception hall for guests of state by the German President. --Wikipedia. Text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License.
Reference: 1. UNESCO World Heritage Center, Site Page.
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