One of the largest historic residences in Europe

Mannheim Baroque Palace

An apartment for state receptions

The Imperial Quarters

In the east wing of the main building there are four ceremonial rooms that form the Imperial Quarters. Karl Albrecht of Bavaria stayed here in 1742 – en route to France where he was to be crowned Emperor. Among the most distinctive furnishings are the sumptuous tapestries.

Mannheim Baroque Palace, 1st anteroom of the Imperial Quarters; photo: Staatliche Schlösser und Gärten Baden-Württemberg, Christoph Hermann

The way the table is set is a reminder of when this was used as a dining hall.

First anteroom

In the 18th and early 19th century, the Imperial Quarters were entered via the first anteroom. Since 1806, the walls have been adorned with tapestries of farming scenes by David Teniers the Younger dating back to circa 1735. They are among the Palace's original 18th century furnishings and were re-acquired from the House of Baden in 1995. The festively decorated silver table serves as a reminder of the hall's use as a dining hall by hereditary Grand Duke Carl and his wife Stéphanie von Baden.

Mannheim Baroque Palace, Coursaal of the Imperial Quarters; photo: Staatliche Schlösser und Gärten Baden-Württemberg, Dirk Altenkirch

The “Jason Series” adorns the walls of the Coursaal.

The 'Coursaal' – a waiting room

During the 18th century, the hall was used as a second anteroom to the Throne Room. Accordingly, the seating for people waiting is arranged in rows against the walls. It was not until the 19th century that the anteroom became known as the Coursaal – from the French “cour” meaning “to hold court.” Carl Friedrich von Baden acquired the detailed tapestries in 1803 from the Strasbourg Prince-Bishop Louis René Édouard de Rohan-Guémené. They were created between 1762 and 1767 in Paris and depict the ancient Greek hero Jason.

Mannheim Baroque Palace, throne in the Throne Room; photo: Staatliche Schlösser und Gärten Baden-Württemberg, Arnim Weischer

The most important piece of furniture in the Imperial Quarters.

The Throne Room

The Throne Room, also known as the Audience Room, is the heart of the Imperial Quarters and is where state receptions and official government business took place. Precious tapestries adorn the walls: three of the tapestries belong to the Coursaal Jason series. They depict scenes from Greek mythology involving the hero Jason, leader of the Argonauts. The fourth tapestry depicts the “Entry of Mark Anthony.” These flamboyant textiles also originate from the estate of the Strasbourg Prince-Bishop.

Mannheim Baroque Palace, Large cabinet; photo: Staatliche Schlösser und Gärten Baden-Württemberg, Dirk Altenkirch

A magnificent room in silver and yellow

Large cabinet

In the 18th century, the imperial bedroom was located here with its embossed silver furniture. The sumptuous furniture and furnishings in yellow damask gave the rooms their names “Silver Room” or “Yellow Room.” As of 1856, the hall was used by Grand Duchess Luise for receptions. The walls are now covered with six Brussels carpets. They depict scenes from the life of Christ. Interesting detail: the final two scenes were originally part of a tapestry.

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