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The Neo-Baroque Palace

2015-05-14 15:40:39

The shortest side of the trapezoidal building ground is facing the square with the fountain. Since it was the front view, the main facade had to be there. The semicircular, central projection with a high-pitched roof is the decisive motif of the facade. Its ground level is a porte-cochére with ornamented iron gates and grids of three arched openings.

The original main entrance leads to the Entrance Hall where marble stairs run up to the mezzanine among the four decorated columns supporting the vaulted ceiling. There are some chandeliers at the starting of the staircase held by marble putti.
The mezzanine can be reached from two directions, through the entrance on Reviczky utca and the main entrance on the square. The entrance on Reviczky utca leads to three rooms: to the cloak-room and the Atrium of the Library and the lower part of the staircase in the Palace leading to the mezzanine. Some dwarfs support the main flight of stairs which splits into two branches and unite again on the balcony.

Besides Rococo decoration spatiality and lighting effects give the Palace a Baroque atmosphere. Going upstairs from the mezzanine, the staircase (and the balcony) is lit partly in a natural way – through the skylight.

Visitors can enter three rooms from the balcony: the Golden Boudoir, the Saloon and the Silver Boudoir, which opens to the Small Ballroom leading to the Large Ballroom. The place for the orchestra is above the passage between the two ballrooms, so musicians could play in both directions.

The richly ornamented Large Ballroom is opened by three arches with huge mirrors behind them in the Corridor. The guests of the Wenckheims could relax in the alcove framed by the arches (after the waltz).

The former Dining Room and Smoking Room (now they are reading rooms) are different from the white-and-gold interior of the neighbouring rooms. The walls and ceilings are covered with wood, they are rich in ornamentation and the colours of these rooms are darker. The rooms, especially the Smoking Room with the spiral stairs leading to the gallery, reflects the atmosphere of the late 19th century.
The ground floor was the count’s „empire”, the rear wing and the third floor belonged to the residence of the staff.

Thousands of visitors have already admired the Neo-Baroque masterpiece, which presents both the Baroque tradition of Dresden (the exterior of the palace) and the style of Louis XV (the interior).

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