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Würzburg Residenz

Treppenhaus (Staircase)

Picture: Staircase The architectural of the Residence is the staircase, one of the most magnificent achievements of secular building. By contrast with the winding staircases of medieval castles and the more elaborate but still spatially limited stairways of Renaissance palaces, the staircase in the baroque era increasingly became a reception room of considerable splendour. Beneath an unsupported through vault, a masterpiece of construction with a maximum height of 23 metres which spans an area of 18 x 30 metres, court architect Balthasar Neumann installed a staircase with three flights and an ambulatory.



Picture: Staircase

Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, summoned specially from Venice for the purpose, decorated the vault in 1752/53 with the largest ceiling fresco ever painted. With great artistic sensitivity he depicted the exotic, magical worlds of the continents of America, Asia and Africa, personified by regal female figures. The highlight of the composition is the allegory of Europe with the Würzburg court as a centre of the arts. The painting, which measures around 600 square metres, is fused into a whole with the sky inhabited by the ancient gods in the centre.

The following picture gallery enables you to see individual parts of the ceiling fresco in detail. In order to see a whole motif, please click on the section shown.

Picture: The continent of Africa

The continent of Africa


Picture: The continent of America

The continent of America


Picture: The continent of Asia

The continent of Asia


Picture: The continent of Europe

The continent of Europe


Picture: Tiepolo, self-portrait

Tiepolo, self-portrait


Picture: The continent of America, detail

The continent of America, detail


Picture: Apolloe



Picture: Balthasar Neumann

Balthasar Neumann


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



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