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The Palace under the Globe

The Baroque Globe Palace was erected on the site of buildings destroyed during war operations in 1713. The construction, according to the design developed by Peter von Montarques, was commenced in 1723 by the Chief Chairman and Councillor Philip Otto von Grumbkow. Grumbkow was advised by Philip Gerlach, the creator of the garrison churches in Berlin and Potsdam. The Berlin sculptor Johann Georg Glume built the attic in 1724, together with sandstone vases which have survived until now. Glume also created the statue of Flora which at that time was placed in the garden adjacent to the palace. The construction was completed in 1726. During the Seven Years War (1757-1763), the palace was occupied by Frederick I William Charles of Württemberg, who resided there with his wife. In 1759 their daughter Sophia Dorothea Augusta Luisa was born, who in 1776 became the second wife of widower Paul I Fyodorovich, the son of Catherine II. After the marriage ceremony, she took the name of Mary Fyodorowa. During their 25-year-long marriage, she gave birth to ten children, earning the nickname of “the mother of tsars”.
After the Pomeranian line of the von Grumbkow family died out in 1782, the palace was bought by Szczecin merchant Jacob Frederick Wietzlow, whose descendants sold it out to an insurance company in 1890. The palace was reconstructed almost from scratch, which included erecting an ornamental tympanum with a copper globe statue at the top. From 1961, after the post-War reconstruction, the palace housed a secondary music school. Since 2010 it has been the seat of the Frederick Chopin Szczecin Academy of Art.

 

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