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Palace of Bavarian Kings in Munich was over the top!

For 500 years, this was the palatial residence and seat of power of the ruling Wittelsbach family; the main building was built from 1550 to 1650, and decorated in Rococo style during the 18th century

For 500 years, this was the palatial residence and seat of power of the ruling Wittelsbach family; the main building was built from 1550 to 1650, and decorated in Rococo style during the 18th century

The Antiquarium is the oldest room in the Residenz (1550) and was built as a festival banquet hall; it's truly amazing and 220 feet long!

The Antiquarium is the oldest room in the Residenz (1550) and was built as a festival banquet hall; it's truly amazing and 220 feet long!

The Ancestral Gallery (1730) features 100  portraits of the Wittelsbach family and the hall is an outstanding example of South German Rococo

The Ancestral Gallery (1730) features 100+ portraits of the Wittelsbach family and the hall is an outstanding example of South German Rococo

The shell grotto was originally built in the 1550s but, like much of the palace, sustained heavy damage during World War 2

The shell grotto was originally built in the 1550s but, like much of the palace, sustained heavy damage during World War 2

Maximilian I had the court chapel built at the beginning of the 17th century; this late-Renaissance/early-Baroque gem was the site of Mad King Ludwig's funeral in 1886

Maximilian I had the court chapel built at the beginning of the 17th century; this late-Renaissance/early-Baroque gem was the site of Mad King Ludwig's funeral in 1886

This ornamental writing desk (1700) is in the Trier Rooms; when the emperor visited, his immediate family and high-ranking members of their court were accommodated here

This ornamental writing desk (1700) is in the Trier Rooms; when the emperor visited, his immediate family and high-ranking members of their court were accommodated here

This model of the Residenz shows how huge the complex is; it literally occupies several blocks and has 10 different courtyards

This model of the Residenz shows how huge the complex is; it literally occupies several blocks and has 10 different courtyards

In 1751, the Cuvillies Theater was Germany's first Rococo theater; it's an intimate, horseshoe-shaped  venue seating fewer than 400 people

In 1751, the Cuvillies Theater was Germany's first Rococo theater; it's an intimate, horseshoe-shaped venue seating fewer than 400 people

King Ludwig I (1825-1848) conducted audiences in this Throne Room; the great state occasions of the kingdom took place in an even more elegant throne room

King Ludwig I (1825-1848) conducted audiences in this Throne Room; the great state occasions of the kingdom took place in an even more elegant throne room

The Queen's Library; in 1918, during the German Revolution, the ruling house of Wittelsbach, which had governed Bavaria since 1180, was forced to abdicate in Munich and a short-lived socialist republic was declared

The Queen's Library; in 1918, during the German Revolution, the ruling house of Wittelsbach, which had governed Bavaria since 1180, was forced to abdicate in Munich and a short-lived socialist republic was declared

This is one of my favorite rooms - the Queen's Salon where Queen Therese would receive invited guests for conversation

This is one of my favorite rooms - the Queen's Salon where Queen Therese would receive invited guests for conversation

The Green Gallery, completed in 1733, was a venue for court celebrations; the 70  paintings, arranged above one another in tiers of three and alternating with tall mirrors, are from the extensive collections of the Wittelsbach family

The Green Gallery, completed in 1733, was a venue for court celebrations; the 70+ paintings, arranged above one another in tiers of three and alternating with tall mirrors, are from the extensive collections of the Wittelsbach family

The Audience Chamber, part of the series of Ornate Rooms, is where the Elector received high ranking visitors for a public audience

The Audience Chamber, part of the series of Ornate Rooms, is where the Elector received high ranking visitors for a public audience

High ranking visitors waited in or passed through this second antechamber; the furniture is part of the original inventory from 1729

High ranking visitors waited in or passed through this second antechamber; the furniture is part of the original inventory from 1729

This magnificently appointed state bedroom served only for display; it was conceived solely in terms of its symbolic significance, following the French royal court, where the monarch's rising in the morning and retiring for the night took place in public

This magnificently appointed state bedroom served only for display; it was conceived solely in terms of its symbolic significance, following the French royal court, where the monarch's rising in the morning and retiring for the night took place in public

Official audiences with Queen Therese were held here in the Queen's Throne Room; nothing like having gilded walls with the initials of the royal couple

Official audiences with Queen Therese were held here in the Queen's Throne Room; nothing like having gilded walls with the initials of the royal couple

This state bed and canopy (1757) in the Elector's bedroom were originally intended for Koblenz Palace; I guess shipping was a little iffy back then too

This state bed and canopy (1757) in the Elector's bedroom were originally intended for Koblenz Palace; I guess shipping was a little iffy back then too

For the apartment of the crown prince, his bedroom chandelier even has a crown; I guess big egos aren't a 20th century invention

For the apartment of the crown prince, his bedroom chandelier even has a crown; I guess big egos aren't a 20th century invention

The furniture in this state bedroom was commissioned by Duke Karl August in 1782 for the Karlsberg Palace near Hamburg; the Duke's younger brother, Bavarian Elector Max Joseph brought the furniture to Munich

The furniture in this state bedroom was commissioned by Duke Karl August in 1782 for the Karlsberg Palace near Hamburg; the Duke's younger brother, Bavarian Elector Max Joseph brought the furniture to Munich

Court Garden bedroom with furniture (1810) that originally belonged to King Max Joseph of Bavaria (1799-1825)

Court Garden bedroom with furniture (1810) that originally belonged to King Max Joseph of Bavaria (1799-1825)

This exquisite ladies secretary was made in Paris in 1770; with so many European royal palaces, it's amazing there was enough artistic quality furniture to go around

This exquisite ladies secretary was made in Paris in 1770; with so many European royal palaces, it's amazing there was enough artistic quality furniture to go around

The audience chamber for the electress was destroyed in World War 2, but was later rebuilt and refurnished as it appeared in the 18th century

The audience chamber for the electress was destroyed in World War 2, but was later rebuilt and refurnished as it appeared in the 18th century

This upright spinet was made around 1810 and was one of the instruments in the music room and belonged to the first Bavarian king

This upright spinet was made around 1810 and was one of the instruments in the music room and belonged to the first Bavarian king

The old Cuvillies Theater was destroyed in World War 2 but much of it had been disassembled beforehand so it was able to be reinstalled in the new theater which is part of the Residenz Museum; Mozart conducted at the Cuvillies several times

The old Cuvillies Theater was destroyed in World War 2 but much of it had been disassembled beforehand so it was able to be reinstalled in the new theater which is part of the Residenz Museum; Mozart conducted at the Cuvillies several times

Reception Room; with hundreds of rooms, I'm left wondering why they thought they needed a separate room for every single function as if a room couldn't be used for more than one thing

Reception Room; with hundreds of rooms, I'm left wondering why they thought they needed a separate room for every single function as if a room couldn't be used for more than one thing

The sumptuous private chapel of Maximilian I is one of the most precious rooms in the palace; it has a miniature pipe organ from 1600 that still works

The sumptuous private chapel of Maximilian I is one of the most precious rooms in the palace; it has a miniature pipe organ from 1600 that still works

The Trier Rooms were built in 1615 as guest apartments; the tapestries were commissioned by Duke Maximilian I

The Trier Rooms were built in 1615 as guest apartments; the tapestries were commissioned by Duke Maximilian I

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