The Nymphenburg Palace is the summer home of the Bavarian royal family. The palace was built in 1667 by the famous Italian architect Agostino Barelli during a time when the Bavarian empire was in its full glory as a separate sovereign of the Holy Roman Empire.
The architectural genius of Barelli was such that many palaces built even after the fall of the Roman Empire were inspired by it. The effective use of pillars and facades is the basic feature of Barelli’s architecture and the effect is mesmerizing to say the least.
The central pavilion of the Nymphenburg Palace has the mark of royalty all over it. The walls and floors have been decorated and painted by world renowned French painters like the legendary François de Cuvilliés for which he received praise from critics all around the world. The central fresco has a painting of the Roman God Helios on a Chariot. I was awestruck by the sheer detailing of this painting. Given that it was made in the 17th century it is hard to believe that it has stayed so glorious even today.
The room besides the central pavilion which is open for public view on the southern side of the hall is also referred to as the coat of arms room. The room displays the magnificent coat of arms worn by various rulers of the Bavarian and the Holy Roman Empire. Being a fashion designer these are the things that interest me the most.
I got to learn a great deal about medieval and post medieval fashion in Europe by looking at these royal attires. The next part of our trip of the Nymphenburg Palace took us to the Nymphenburg Garden. The garden is a mega structure spanning across 200 hectares.
The garden has a beautiful central Cascade with the elegant statues of Isar and Danube. The fountains in Cascade spray fresh water droplets into the air forming a mystical environment. The various pavilions built around the garden are also worth visiting. The Ha-Ha wall preserves view and moving along it one reaches the Munich Botanical Garden. My visit to the Nymphenburg Palace was a glorious one.