Round Room - the Emperor's bureau

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- Featured in the “Austria” Group – July 24, 2009
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- Featured as Top Ten placement in the “Take us inside! interiors of famous buildings!” Challenge launched by “Historic Landmarks of Europe” Group – MANY THANKS FOR VOTING THIS IMAGE! – March 25th, 2009
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The Imperial Palace at Innsbruck – the Capital of the Alps – once was seat of the Tyrolean sovereigns… The Imperial Palace was erected by Archduke Siegmund the Rich in late Gothic style around 1460. It was rebuilt in the Baroque style (but with rococo detailing) between 1754 and 1773 on orders of Empress Maria Theresa. The Palace, flanked by a set of domed towers, is a fine example of Baroque secular architecture. The structure has four wings and a splendid two-story Riesensaal (Giant´s Hall), painted in white and gold and filled with portraits of the Habsburgs.
The Imperial Apartments consist of 25 state apartments dating from the 18th and 19th century and the Giants´ Hall (the Alps most lavish banqueting hall).
At the end of the 15th century, as Emperor Maximilian I. held court at Innsbruck, the Imperial Palace had already today’s dimensions. Empress Maria Theresia renovated the existing palace in the monumental baroque style. One of the many showrooms is the great Festival hall, that once was the most lavish hall in the whole alpine region. Lots of precious antiques furniture the various rooms. Though most of the furniture is not the one originally used, but date from the 19th century, e.g. the wooden furniture in Biedermeier style by Johann Nepomuk Geyer or Rococo furniture from La Vigne, the rooms are a stylish entity. 2008/09 the royal rooms are being renovated, but are still open to the public.

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