Preservation of Historic Buildings and Monuments

Köpenick, archaeological findsKöpenick; archaeological finds, relief

Archeological Site at Köpenick Castle

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And so during the archaeological excavation that occurred along with the construction, indisputable traces of Slavic and Bronze Age settlements were also found in addition to Middle Ages and early modern European relics. After all, archaeological inspections have a close connection with the issue of the architectural history of the Baroque castle.
Köpenick Castle is seen as the most significant remaining work of Baroque secular construction from the time before Andreas Schlüter in Berlin and the Mark of Brandenburg (Dehio). The Great Elector commissioned it as the royal seat for the Electoral Prince Friedrich, later Friedrich III, Elector of Brandenburg, and still later King Friedrich I of Prussia. Rutger van Langevelt, a Dutchman from Nymwegen, began construction of the castle in 1677. In 1684, Johann Arnold Nehring relieved him of this job. Additionally, Nehring built the gate (1682) and the gallery (1688), as well as the chapel (1682-1685). Friedrich's first wife, Elisabeth Henriette von Hessen-Kassel, was purportedly the main impetus behind the construction of the chapel. A cornerstone with the inscription ELISAB. HENRICA P. E. BRAND MDCLXXXII was uncovered under the northwest side of the castle chapel during the foundation repair work. Its counterpart with Friedrich's name is located under the southwest side of the chapel.
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