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Key Buildings from Prehistory to the Present by Andrew Ballantyne

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Residenz at Würzburg

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Balthasar Neumann, 1687–1753

Würzburg, Bavaria, Germany; 1720–44

When the Residenz was built, the prince-bishops of Würzburg ran Franconia as a fairly independent country, answerable directly to the Holy Roman Emperor Charles VI in Vienna. Franconia later became part of Bavaria, and later still Bavaria became part of Germany, so Würzburg is now a provincial German town with some monuments that bear witness to its more prominent past. The bishops’ palace, the Residenz, was built in the eighteenth century, with Balthasar Neumann as court architect. He went on to design Vierzehnheiligen in Bamberg (pages 156–57).

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