Ehrenburg Palace

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Ehrenburg Palace
Schloss Ehrenburg
Schloss Ehrenburg 1900.jpg
Ehrenburg Palace around 1900
Ehrenburg Palace is located in Germany
Ehrenburg Palace
Location of Ehrenburg in Germany
General information
Type Palace
Architectural style Gothic Revival style
Town or city Coburg
Country Germany
Coordinates 50°15′29″N 10°58′02″E / 50.258056°N 10.967222°E / 50.258056; 10.967222
Construction started 1543
Completed 1547
Renovated 1699, 19th century
Client Johann Ernst, Herzog von Sachsen-Coburg
Owner Bayerische Verwaltung der staatlichen Schlösser, Gärten und Seen
Design and construction
Architect Karl Friedrich Schinkel (19th century redesign)

Ehrenburg Palace (German: Schloss Ehrenburg) is a palace in Coburg, Franconia, Germany.

The palace was built by Johann Ernst, Duke of Saxe-Coburg, in 1543-47. It replaced the Veste Coburg as the Dukes' city Residenz. The new city palace was built around a dissolved Franciscan monastery.[1]

According to tradition, the palace was named Ehrenburg ("Palace of Honour") by Emperor Charles V for having been constructed without the use of forced labour.[1]

In 1690, a fire destroyed the northern part of the palace. This was an opportunity for Albert V, Duke of Saxe-Coburg, who had a new Baroque style palace built in 1699.[1][2]

In the 19th century, Ernst I had the palace redesigned by Karl Friedrich Schinkel in Gothic Revival style, beginning in 1810.[1]

Ehrenburg Palace 2013
Hall of Giants

Between 1816 and 1840 the state apartments were redesigned in the French Empire style.[1]

Because the palace was the home of the Ducal House of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha (previously Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld), many royal occasions happened here.

In 1863, Queen Victoria (whose mother, Princess Victoria, and husband, Prince Albert, grew up here) met Austrian Emperor Franz Josef for the first time in the Giant's Hall (a sign marks the occasion).[2]

In 1894, a royal wedding in Coburg brought together Queen Victoria, her son the future King Edward VII, her grandson the future King George V, her daughter Empress Victoria, her other grandson Kaiser Wilhelm II, her son's nephew the future Tsar Nicholas II of Russia (with her granddaughter, future Tsarina Alexandra), and many other royalty from England, Greece, Belgium, Romania, Portugal and elsewhere.

The palace is used as a museum today.[3] Among other exhibits, it features art galleries with works by Lucas Cranach the Elder, Dutch and Flemish artists of the 16th and 17th centuries as well as romantic landscape paintings.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f "Ehrenburg/Rosenau info flyer". Bayerische Verwaltung der staatlichen Schlösser, Gärten und Seen. Retrieved 13 June 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Ehrenburg (German)". Schloss- und Gartenverwaltung Coburg. Retrieved 13 June 2014. 
  3. ^ http://www.schloesser.bayern.de/englisch/palace/objects/co_ehren.htm

External links[edit]

Media related to Ehrenburg Palace at Wikimedia Commons

Coordinates: 50°15′29″N 10°58′2″E / 50.25806°N 10.96722°E / 50.25806; 10.96722