Construction of the Charlottenburg Palace began at the end of the seventeenth century, though most of the buildings date from the eighteenth century. Today it is the largest surviving palace of the Hohenzollern monarchs in Berlin. The palace originally sat in the village of Lietzow and served as a summer residence for the Hohenzollern kings, though the city has grown to include the palace and the surrounding area. After it suffered severe damage during the World War II, there were discussions of leveling the palace but instead it was meticulously restored. The interiors are a showcase of Baroque and Rococo design, while its grounds were laid out by a disciple of André Le Nôtre, who designed the gardens at Versailles.
By John Newton, AFAR Ambassador
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