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The Orangery Palace was built between 1851 and 1864 under King Frederick William IV – about 100 years after the construction of Sanssouci by Frederick the Great. Measuring over 300 metres in length, it is the longest building in the park.

Three prominent architects were involved in building the Orangery: Ludwig Persius, Friedrich August Stüler and Ludwig Ferdinand Hesse, who also built the Belvedere on Pfingstberg Hill for the king. The preliminary sketches were provided by the artistically-minded king himself and were modelled on Italian Renaissance villas. The result is an imposing building which impressively reflects the Italian yearnings of the Prussian monarch with its sculptures, fountains, arcades and terraces. Not for nothing is Frederick William IV also known as the “Romantic on the Throne”... 

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