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Sanssouci Palace (French sans souci, without worry ') is located in the eastern part of the park Sanssouci and is one of the most famous Hohenzollern castles of the Brandenburg state capital Potsdam. According to his own sketches, the Prussian King Frederick II had a small summer palace built in the style of the Rococo between 1745 and 1747. He commissioned the architect Georg Wenzeslaus von Knobelsdorff with the planning. Under Frederick William IV., The castle was expanded in 1841/42 by reconstruction and extension of the two side wings. After sketches of the king Ludwig Persius created the design drawings.
The castles and garden architecture in the extensive Sanssouci park are managed by the Prussian Palaces and Gardens Foundation Berlin-Brandenburg and have been under UNESCO protection since 1990 as a World Heritage Site. The German UNESCO Commission justifies its inclusion in the World Heritage List as follows: "Sanssouci Palace and Park, often referred to as the Prussian Versailles, is a synthesis of 18th-century art movements in the cities and courts of Europe. The ensemble is an outstanding example of architectural creations and landscaping against the spiritual background of the monarchist state idea. "