Holnstein Palace

Munich, Germany

Holnstein Palace

Holnstein Palace (German: Palais Holnstein) is an historic building in Munich, southern Germany, which has been the residence of the Archbishop of Munich and Freising since 1818.

The architect François de Cuvilliés built the mansion between 1733 and 1737 for Sophie Caroline von Ingenheim, Countess Holnstein, a mistress of Charles VII, Holy Roman Emperor. It is today Munich's best rococo style palace as Cuvilliés' less conventional Palais Piosasque de Non was destroyed in World War II. The Holnstein Palace is designed as a four-winged building around a courtyard. The front house was used for representative purposes, while the rear building represented the privacy of the Count. The building is the only noble palace in Munich that kept the original layout. The rococo façade and many interiors have been preserved in their original state.

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