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The Würzburg Residence is a Palace in Würzburg, southern Germany.

Once it served as home for powerful prince-bishops of the Schönborn family, today the it attracts visitors as famous World Heritage site.

In 1981 the Palace with the beautiful Court Gardens and Residence Square was inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage List, said to be the most homogeneous and the most extraordinary of Baroque palaces.

Under the direction of the architect Balthasar Neumann that three winged palace containing over 300 Baroque and Rococo rooms was built from 1720-1744.

Sadly, the building was terribly damaged by the bombs in World War II. Today, after reconstruction works the marvelous decorated palace's interior is open to public whereas the Imperial Hall and the Hall of Mirrors are the most spectacular rooms.

A must-see is the entrance staircase - said to be the most beautiful staircase world wide. Above that, the world's largest ceiling fresco (677 square meters) from the Venetian painter Giovanni Battista Tiepolo can be found.

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