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July 27, 2001
A combined ticket will allow you to see the Museum, Treasury and Cuvilliés Theater. The Residenz Museums has 120 rooms of art and furnishings. We were there in the morning and to our dismay, several of the rooms were roped off and dark. To see all the rooms, you will have to take a morning and an afternoon tours. Impatient to wait for a group to form, we visited the rooms on our own and missed out on the narratives.
The Ancestors' Gallery is designed like a hall of mirrors but where the mirrors would normally be, there are portraits of the members of the royal family.
The Hall of Antiquities is a very large room. Frescoes by 16th and 17th-century artists, cover every inch of its walls and ceilings. Busts of Roman emperors and Greek heroes line the walls. The central attraction is the two-story chimneypiece of red stucco and marble.
The most famous piece in the Treasury is the Renaissance statue of St. George Slaying the Dragon made in gold, diamonds, rubies, emeralds and sapphires.
The Cuvilliés Theater is a very flashy ensemble of gold and red velvet rococo tiers of boxes. Directly over the huge center box where the royal family sat, is a crest in white and gold topped by a jewel-bedecked crown.
The Residenz looks like an ordinary government building from the outside but the inside is a true baroque work of art. We were disappointed that photography is not allowed inside the building and had to console ourselves with postcards.
From journal Munich and other towns on the Romantic Road
February 4, 2001
There is a large, carved wooden rosary with beads about the size of a Faberge egg with the mysteries carved inside. The mantle of the kings of Bavaria, a whole room of religious items including ivory crucifixes, gold chalices, lots of enamel and lots of gems. There is a garter from the English order of the garter that belonged to the winter king, Prince Rupert's father, also the ceremonial crown of the kings of Bavaria made in France in 1806.
There is one whole room full of crowns, orbs, scepters and 2 cases full of medals encrusted with every imaginable gem. And this was just the treasury.
The Residenz itself is more than 100 rooms. I can't even begin to describe them all but there was a magnificent throne room, an ancestral gallery of pictures, rooms of porcelain, silver and magnificent furniture. Depending on your interest, this can take hours to see in total.
From journal Munich Beyond Beer