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Neue Schloss, Bayreuth


The Neue Schloss in Bayreuth in Germany was designed and built by the French architect Joseph Saint Pierre for Markgraf Friedrich von Brandenburg and his wife Wilhelmine. It was built in only two years in 1753-1754.

Friederike Sophie Wilhelmine, Princess of Prussia was the daughter of Friedrich Wilhelm I of Prussia and his Queen consort Sophia Dorothea of Hanover. The baroque buildings and parks built during her reign constitute much of the present appearance of the town of Bayreuth, Germany.

Wilhelmine with her husband set about creating a miniture Versailles in Bayreuth. Their building operations included the rebuilding of their summer residence, the Ermitage, the great Bayreuth opera-house, the building of a theatre and the reconstruction of the Bayreuth palace and of the new opera house.

Wilhelmine made Bayreuth one of the intellectual centres of the Holy Roman Empire, surrounding herself with a little court of wits and artists which gained added prestige from the occasional visits of Voltaire and Frederick the Great

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