The Celle Palace




The Celle Palace

The Celle Palace
Schloßplatz 1
29221 Celle
Tel. 05141/12373

Guided tours: April to October:
Tuesday to Sunday: hourly from 10 am to 4 pm
November to March: Tuesday to Sunday: 11 am to 3 pm
Department of Regional History (Bomann Museum)
Open all year, Tuesday to Sunday: 10 am to 4.30 pm

The first documentary evidence of a settlement by the name of Kellu, in the area of what is today the suburb of Altencelle, appears in the year 993. Duke Otto the Strict founded the town of Celle further to the west in 1292. At the same time the construction of fortifications commenced, which, when Duke Albrecht of Braunschweig and Lüneburg moved his residence to Celle, became the palace. Several alterna-
tions resulted in a mixture of late Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque features. The tour starts in the northern wing, through the refurnished state chambers belonging to the last Duke George William (1624-1705) with Baroque stucco ceilings by Giovanni Batista Tornielli. The furniture and the paintings date from the late 17th and early 18th centuries.

The Palace Theatre built between 1665 and 1680 by Guiseppe Arighini, is still being played. The chapel in the southeast of the Palace, consecrated in 1485, is culturally the most interesting part of the entire building. The pulpit from the year 1565, the organ built in 1570 and the musical angel on the parapet of the gallery are particularly worth mentioning. The painted decorations from 1565 to 1570 are by the Flemish Manneristic painter Marten de Vos and his school. The chapel is the only court chapel in Germany from the early Protestant era which has survived in its entirety. The east wing of the Palace houses the Department of Regional History belonging to the Bomann Museum. A further aspect of the exhibition is the fate of the Danish queen Caroline Mathilde, who died in exile in Celle.

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