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Shell House showcase: The Shell Room, Neues Palace, Potsdam

The Shell Room (c1759) is a stunning example of shell architecture within the Neues Palace, Potsdam.


An extraordinary Shell/ Grotto Room, designed by Carl von Gontard is located on the ground floor, beneath the Ballroom.




This is a perfect example of 'Frederick Rococo'- where rock and shell work compliment each other.


20,000 minerals, shells and ammonites decorate the walls. The Silesian marble floor incorporates inlay of shell and animal motifs that compliment the marine world. Wall fountains with water nymphs and cameos of shells further add to a decorative underwater theme.

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