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Würzburg Residenz

Kaisersaal (Imperial Hall)

Picture: Imperial Hall

The Imperial Hall is the culmination of the magnificent sequence of rooms consisting of the vestibule, Garden Hall, staircase and White Hall. At the hands of the architect, Balthasar Neumann, this hall, with its twenty, almost 9-metre high half columns in reddish stucco-work marble and large oval dome, was transformed into the most splendid and imposing room in the Würzburg Residenz.

The Imperial Hall, the shell of which had already been completed in 1741, was only decorated and furnished in 1749-1753 under Prince-Bishop Carl Philipp von Greiffenklau. The three ceiling frescos by Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, produced in 1751/52, are a splendid depiction of the political history of the episcopal principality of Würzburg in the context of the Empire at the time of Emperor Friedrich Barbarossa. The sopraportas (= paintings over the doors) are by Tiepolo's son Giovanni Domenico and show scenes from the lives of emperors of the ancient world. Antonio Bossi created the four life-size stucco figures of Neptune, Juno, Flora and Apollo in the wall niches on the short sides of the hall.

The following picture gallery enables you to see some of the frescos and paintings in detail. In order to see a whole motif, please click on the section shown.

Picture: Enfeoffment fresco

Enfeoffment fresco, section


Picture: Detail of a sopraporta

Detail of a sopraporta


Picture: Sun god Apollo

Sun god Apollo, central ceiling fresco


Picture: The wedding of Emperor Friedrich I Barbarossa

The wedding of Emperor Friedrich I Barbarossa


Small plan of the palace (first floor) showing the present position
Present position



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