In the halls of the Frederician king

Wheels up for ShowStoppers @ IFA 2015 Berlin — with a couple of hours before the team of US journalists begins to arrive. Cheryl Delgreco and I took the train to Potsdam — first trip in x years that we have made it out of Berlin to see more than Berlin. It was Monday, which means almost everything is closed, except the New Palace at Sanssouci, built by Frederick the Great in six years according to the brochure, 1763 to 1769. “Luxurious ceremonial halls, magnificent galleries and richly designed private suites such as the king’s apartment are outstanding testaments to the Frederician Rococo.”

It’s part of a miles-long campus of palaces. It’s a privilege to visit. It’s a delight to explore beyond Berlin.

One of the most ornate rooms I have ever seen. Period. Thousands of seashells cemented into columns, reflecting light. Water fountains between every column. Intricate inlays in the floor and walls and coved ceilings. And all this is just part of a huge edifice built by how many thousands in just six years?
One of the most ornate rooms I have ever seen. Period. Thousands of seashells cemented into columns, reflecting light. Water fountains between every column. Intricate inlays in the floor and walls and coved ceilings. And all this is just part of a huge edifice built by how many thousands in just six years?

 

Share. Link. Like.