Chinese House in Sanssouci Park

Stiftung Preußische Schlösser und Gärten Berlin-Brandenburg

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The stately Chinese House (Chinesisches Haus) in the "Deer Garden" of Sanssouci Park is an impressive example of the widespread fashion and fascination with China, which influenced the cultural tastes of 18th century court circles throughout Europe. 
The pavilion's exterior view is characterized by life-sized gilded figures that are placed singularly or in groups around the building. Dressed as if in a fairy tale, Chinese musicians and figures drinking tea are represented; their exotic character perfectly harmonizing with the columns shaped as gilded palms. Peter Benckert and Johann Gottlieb Heymüller created this delightful, fictive ensemble "à la chinois." 
Commissioned by Frederick the Great, Johann Gottfried Büring built the Chinese House from 1754-64 as a charming and exotic garden pavilion, shaped in the form of a cloverleaf. The walls of the interiors are adorned with gilded consoles, displaying 18th century porcelain. The large ceiling painting depicts a lively Chinese social gathering in an illusionistic, architectural setting.

Chinese House in Sanssouci Park
Am Grünen Gitter
14469 Potsdam

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Summer Season

1. May 2019 - 31. October 2019

Tuesday - Sunday
10:00 - 17:30
Last entry
30 min. before closing
Winter Season

1. November 2019 - 30. April 2020

Monday - Sunday
Admission price
4,00 €
Reduced price
3,00 €


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