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Bavarian Treasury displays incredible riches of the Kingdom

The Crown of Princess Blanche is the oldest surviving English royal crown (1370); made of gold with diamonds, rubies, emeralds, sapphires, enamel and pearls, it has been described as one of the finest achievements of the Gothic goldsmith

The Crown of Princess Blanche is the oldest surviving English royal crown (1370); made of gold with diamonds, rubies, emeralds, sapphires, enamel and pearls, it has been described as one of the finest achievements of the Gothic goldsmith

This 1540 piece, like all of the works in the Treasury, was described only in German; there was an audioguide available but I had read reviews that said it would take weeks to get through all the info

This 1540 piece, like all of the works in the Treasury, was described only in German; there was an audioguide available but I had read reviews that said it would take weeks to get through all the info

1550 jewelry box (schmuckkasette in German); the Treasury collection is one of the most important in the world and spans 1000 years from the early Middle Ages to Neo-classicism

1550 jewelry box (schmuckkasette in German); the Treasury collection is one of the most important in the world and spans 1000 years from the early Middle Ages to Neo-classicism

Founded by Duke Albert V the Treasury houses the jewels of the Wittelsbach dynasty; I wonder if the people would have revolted if they'd seen the extent of the rulers wealth

Founded by Duke Albert V the Treasury houses the jewels of the Wittelsbach dynasty; I wonder if the people would have revolted if they'd seen the extent of the rulers wealth

Limoges, 1375; with 300,000  coins, medals and banknotes from the ancient world to the present time, the treasury is one of the world's leading collections

Limoges, 1375; with 300,000+ coins, medals and banknotes from the ancient world to the present time, the treasury is one of the world's leading collections

For centuries the Munich Residenz was the political and cultural center of first the dukes, then the electors (from 1623) and, finally, the kings of Bavaria (1806-1918)

For centuries the Munich Residenz was the political and cultural center of first the dukes, then the electors (from 1623) and, finally, the kings of Bavaria (1806-1918)

The Residenz just opened its doors this summer after a 10 year renovation period; I wish the items had more detail on why they were important

The Residenz just opened its doors this summer after a 10 year renovation period; I wish the items had more detail on why they were important

About 10 rooms of the palace's 130  rooms are dedicated to the Treasury; the Residenz became a museum after the revolution of 1918

About 10 rooms of the palace's 130+ rooms are dedicated to the Treasury; the Residenz became a museum after the revolution of 1918

1560 jewelry box; much of the Wittelsbach collection was confiscated from the church although I'm not sure why they would have pieces like this

1560 jewelry box; much of the Wittelsbach collection was confiscated from the church although I'm not sure why they would have pieces like this

Ivory case, 1720; I wonder how many elephants or other mammals were killed so the rich here could have this collectible

Ivory case, 1720; I wonder how many elephants or other mammals were killed so the rich here could have this collectible

The best porcelain centers in the world, Meissen and Sevres, sent their finest collections to the Munich Residenz; they had to have place settings for 200

The best porcelain centers in the world, Meissen and Sevres, sent their finest collections to the Munich Residenz; they had to have place settings for 200+

Qing Dynasty Chinese vases, 1720; European royalty were huge collectors of valuable porcelain and especially Asian porcelain

Qing Dynasty Chinese vases, 1720; European royalty were huge collectors of valuable porcelain and especially Asian porcelain

Candlestick in the form of foo dogs made of Japanese porcelain, 1670

Candlestick in the form of foo dogs made of Japanese porcelain, 1670

Mirror black vases, 1700; this Chinese porcelain, which isn't very durable, was intended just for the local market so it's a rarity in Europe

Mirror black vases, 1700; this Chinese porcelain, which isn't very durable, was intended just for the local market so it's a rarity in Europe

In this era, the ruler's meals were public shows, court events with enormous symbolic significance; if you had the best that showed where you stood in the social hierarchy

In this era, the ruler's meals were public shows, court events with enormous symbolic significance; if you had the best that showed where you stood in the social hierarchy

As a wedding gift in 1842 from the Berlin court, Princess Marie brought this set (only a fraction shown) to Munich from the Royal Porcelain Manufactory

As a wedding gift in 1842 from the Berlin court, Princess Marie brought this set (only a fraction shown) to Munich from the Royal Porcelain Manufactory

I can hear my mom wondering who is going to polish all this!; the royal family must have had an enormous staff and businesses that worked primarily for them

I can hear my mom wondering who is going to polish all this!; the royal family must have had an enormous staff and businesses that worked primarily for them

The Residenz has an extensive collection of the finest miniatures from the late 16th to mid-19th centuries; the wide spectrum of techniques represented includes watercolor on vellum or ivory, oil on silver or copper and enamel painting

The Residenz has an extensive collection of the finest miniatures from the late 16th to mid-19th centuries; the wide spectrum of techniques represented includes watercolor on vellum or ivory, oil on silver or copper and enamel painting

I would love to see how someone created these miniature paintings and enamels before modern technology; they contain such minute details!

I would love to see how someone created these miniature paintings and enamels before modern technology; they contain such minute details!

Admire the craftsmanship in this 1543 chest with all of the inlays; it's very artistic and I wonder how long it took to make

Admire the craftsmanship in this 1543 chest with all of the inlays; it's very artistic and I wonder how long it took to make

I should have bought a book describing this collection since I don't remember the specifics of each item; I just photographed the ones that impressed me

I should have bought a book describing this collection since I don't remember the specifics of each item; I just photographed the ones that impressed me

I'm glad the Wittelsbachs took care of this fragile 1579 piece; my photos of Emperor Charles the Bald's prayer-book from around 860 were, unfortunately, blurry

I'm glad the Wittelsbachs took care of this fragile 1579 piece; my photos of Emperor Charles the Bald's prayer-book from around 860 were, unfortunately, blurry

Crown of the Kingdom of Bavaria, 1806

Crown of the Kingdom of Bavaria, 1806

St. George's Reliquary (with 2000 precious stones), Munich goldsmith work between 1586 and 1597; the golden box below supposedly contains the relics of St. George

St. George's Reliquary (with 2000 precious stones), Munich goldsmith work between 1586 and 1597; the golden box below supposedly contains the relics of St. George

This intricately carved wood pendant is from around 1500; just look at the minute detail!

This intricately carved wood pendant is from around 1500; just look at the minute detail!

1520 plate; touring the Residenz and the Treasury makes me wonder if the Wittelsbachs ever felt they might have too much and maybe they should share their wealth

1520 plate; touring the Residenz and the Treasury makes me wonder if the Wittelsbachs ever felt they might have too much and maybe they should share their wealth

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