As early as 1704, the Berggarten started as a mulberry orchard. Elector Sophie had such a great interest in strange plants that she, as later, also provided her daughter Charlotte with a portion of her "needle money" for the purchase of new plants. The Berggarten served more and more the cultivation and care of rare plants.
1706 possessed the Berggarten such a large mulberry plantation that for about 100 years, the silkworms of the Royal silkworm manufactory in Hameln could be fed with their leaves. Despite these successes, however, the crops then gradually disappeared from the mountain garden, which turned more and more into a park landscape and whose plant diversity was constantly expanded.
May 23, 2017
Immediately after the death of Queen Friederike of Hanover on June 29, 1841, her husband, King Ernst August, instructed his chief court building officer Georg Ludwig Friedrich Laves on July 1 of the year to design plans for a mausoleum and to propose a location for its construction . The king himself found a place in the Great Garden, "behind the orangery", the most suitable.
Just over six weeks later, Laves presented the king with two concepts, including "a kind of temple [... in the Egyptian style". Instead of the large garden, he suggests buying a few acres of land at the end of the beautiful "lime tree avenue opposite the front facade of the Herrenhausen Palace", where the mausoleum can be hidden by planting or as a point-de-vue from the palace could apply.
Despite the rush to which King Laves and the architect-building inspector Georg Schuster always pushed, delays only started in May 1842 to begin construction of a third, "Doric" design at the proposed location. The court garden inspector Heinrich Ludolph Wendland was now responsible for the outdoor facilities around the location found; During the construction work for the mausoleum, the final expansion of the mountain garden was created on the additional property.
The resting place:
The coffins of the royal couple were housed below in the crypt of the Welfen mausoleum, but their sarcophagi were placed in the top of the tomb chapel.
May 23, 2017
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