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State Rooms - Residenz
Residenzplatz 1, Salzburg, Austria
During the 17th century, no longer needing the protection of the stone-walled Festung, the Prince-Archbishops moved to the more opulent surroundings of the Residenz. The present complex, the site of a residence since 1110, was begun by Archbishop Wold Dietrich von Raitenau before 1600 but not completed before the 18th century. Passing through the impressive marble portal that faces the imposing Residenz fountain, you enter the main courtyard. Opposite, under the arches of the portico, stands the Hercules fountain. The stairway to the left of the fountain leads to the splendid reception rooms. An informative audio guide, included with admission, details the elaborately decorated formal chambers and their furnishings. Note especially the ceiling frescos and stucco ceiling decorations in the private rooms designed for the Archbishop's brother.