Mannheim Baroque Palace
Monumental in its dimensions, the baroque Palace of Mannheim dominates this modern city whose centre consists of blocks laid out in the pattern of a grid. In 1720 the court of the Prince Elector Carl Philipp of the Palatinate moved from Heidelberg to Mannheim. The foundation stone decreed that the new Residence be built in accordance with the example of the Palace of Versailles. Carl Philipp’s successor, the Prince Elector Carl Theodor, renowned for his love of the arts, was responsible for the completion of this magnificent palace. Carl Theodor was a patron of music, theatre and science and under his aegis Mannheim became a celebrated centre of artistic activity. Mannheim Palace was rebuilt after being almost completely destroyed during the Second World War and in the main building the magnificent central staircase and the splendid Knights Hall have been reconstructed to reflect their former glory. The resplendent and palatial rooms have been refurbished since April 2007.