Thursday, May 20, 2010

Arsenal am Pfaffenteig, Schwerin


By the Pfaffenteig lake, in the heart of the city of Schwerin you find a large Medieval style building. The Arsenal am Pfaffenteig was built to the local rulers by two famous German architects.

The arsenal was built in 1840 by Hofbaumeister Georg Aldolph Demmler and Hermann Willebrand. Demmler worked as architect of the Dukes of Mecklenburg-Schwerin and left his mark on this German city. Willebrand worked with monuments in klassisism and historism.

The most famous monument of the Hofbaumeiser is the extensions to Palace in Schwerin, the home of the Dukes of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.

The Arsenal stands out as the most interesting one. It is said to be designed in English Tudor style and housed the grand duke's armoury. It is a huge structure consisting of more than 6 million bricks and cost the dukes 134 000 Thaler to build.

It served as armoury, and served the local army during the Third Reich. Currently it houses the Ministry of the Interior of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.

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1 comment:

victorian inn bed and breakfast said...

A profusion of water and forests, cultural treasures and a fascinating old quarter are the hallmarks of Schwerin.

Its remarkable fairy-tale castle in a fabulous setting is the town's most famous landmark. Schwerin is the ideal location for a relaxing holiday with plenty to do.