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Google Earth Plug-in: Herrenchiemsee Overlay

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Herrenchiemsee is a complex of royal buildings on the Herreninsel, an island in the middle of Bavaria's largest lake, the Chiemsee, 60 km south east of Munich.

The Neues Palais ("New Palace") is the most famous of these buildings and it is the biggest of Ludwig II of Bavaria's castles. It is in a sense a monument to his adoration of Louis XIV. In the great hall of mirrors of the palace the ceiling is painted with 25 tableaux showing Louis XIV at his best. Very often texts call the Neues Palais Herremchiemsee, forgetting the other smaller buildings on the island.

The Neues Palais was designed by Christian Jank, Franz Seitz, and Georg Dollman and built between 1878 and 1885. It was to have been a full scale replica of the Palace of Versailles but only the central portion was built before the king died. 50 of the 70 rooms of the palace are still unfinished.

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