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[Attractive Copper Engraved Plan Titled]: "Grundriss von der Stadt Potsdam."
Ca. 1780. Copper engraved plan ca. 35,5x43 cm (14x17 in). A minor crease in the upper part of the plan, some very mild minor foxing blank margins, but otherwise a very good plan. This attractive map of Postdam which is similar in style to the Berlin Plans of Johann David Schleuen (1711-1771) has thirteen views of the most famous buildings of the city framing the central plan. These views include the Garrison, St. Nicolai, Holy Spirit & French Churches and also the City Hall, Rifle Factory, Sanssouci, Royal Palace, Japanese Palais etc. "After the Edict of Potsdam in 1685, Potsdam became a centre of European immigration. Its religious freedom attracted people from France (Huguenots), Russia, the Netherlands and Bohemia. The edict accelerated population growth and economic recovery. Later, the city became a full residence of the Prussian royal family. The majestic buildings of the royal residences were built mainly during the reign of Frederick the Great. One of these is the Sanssouci Palace (French: "without cares", by Georg Wenzeslaus von Knobelsdorff, 1744), famed for its formal gardens and Rococo interiors. Other royal residences include the New Palace and the Orangery" (Wikipedia).