Welfenschloss in Hanover

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Welfenschloss in Hannover, Germany

The Welfenschloss in Hanover was once intended to serve as a summer residence for King George V and his family. This use never occurred. Today, the building houses the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz University. [German]

Welfenschloss in Hanover

The castle was built between 1857 and 1866. At that time, Hanover was the capital of the Kingdom of Hanover. In 1866, Prussia annexed the Kingdom of Hanover, and King George V had to leave the country.

Serving as an educational institution

The castle was not used again until 1879. At that time, the Royal Technical University moved in. Today the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz University resides here. The adjacent Welfengarten is part of the university campus.

The Saxon Steed

The striking figure of a rising horse in front of the Welfenschloss is called the Saxon Steed. That said, the sculpture is considered to embody the coat of arms motif of the German state of Lower Saxony.

Sources / More info

  • Link Official website of the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz University
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