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Palaces and Parks of Potsdam and Berlin

Listed under Squares, Streets & Urban Spaces in Berlin, Germany.

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Construction for the New Palace began in 1763 to celebrate Prussia's success in the Seven Years War, under the reign of Fredrick the Great. It is considered to be the last great Prussian baroque palace. The New Palace functioned as a reception hall for important royals and dignitaries and included four main gathering rooms and a theater for royal functions, state occasions and balls. After Frederick the Great died in 1786, the New Palace fell into disuse and was rarely occupied as a residence or used as an entertainment venue.

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Glienicke Bridge

The Glienicke Bridge was completed in 1907 and connects the cities of Potsdam and Berlin. The United States and the Soviet Union used the bridge three times during the Cold War to exchange captured spies starting in 1962 and ending in 1986.

Orangery Palace

This palace was built by Friedrich Wilhelm IV while he was on the throne from 1851-1864. It is built in Italian Renaissance style and consists of a main middle building and a twin tower on each side.

Palaces and Parks of Potsdam and Berlin

'With 500 ha of parks and 150 buildings constructed between 1730 and 1916, Potsdam's complex of palaces and parks forms an artistic whole, whose eclectic nature reinforces its sense of uniqueness. It extends into the district of Berlin-Zehlendorf, with the palaces and parks lining the banks of the River Havel and Lake Glienicke. Voltaire stayed at the Sans-Souci Palace, built under Frederick II between 1745 and 1747.'

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