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Neoclassicism in Oldenburg

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Classicism in Oldenburg
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Classicism in Oldenburg

Everywhere you go in Oldenburg, you’ll find traces of the city’s long and eventful history. The city’s architecture is dominated by the clear formal language of neoclassicism, but you’ll find most building styles and epochs in the cityscape. A surprise awaits those who set foot in the St. Lamberti Church in the heart of the city centre for the first time. Right opposite is the next testimony to the city’s history: the Palace Guardhouse which since 1839 has marked the boundary between the citizens of Oldenburg and the ducal residence. Immediately adjacent, inside Oldenburg Castle, what is possibly the most important example of late neoclassicist interior design was reopened to the general public in 2011: the reception room. Other neoclassicist gems in the city include the diminutive cavaliers’ houses built along the Hunte River close to the castle and the City Theatre of Oldenburg, with the latter featuring baroque remnants on the inside. Buildings in earlier architectural styles are rarer in Oldenburg, but are still easy to find. The Lappan, the city’s main landmark, was built around the mid-15th century as the bell tower of the Heiligengeist infirmary and, unlike the infirmary itself, survived the city fire of 1676 practically undamaged. The stocky Pulverturm – the powder tower – was used to store gunpowder until 1765. The renaissance Degode House – a half-timbered building from 1502 with elaborate carved details – can also be found in the city centre. And, last but not least, there’s the Old City Hall with its neo-gothic and neo-renaissance elements.

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