Peacock Island Palace


Peacock Island Palace (Schloss Pfaueninsel) was built from 1794 to 1797 for Friedrich Wilhelm II and his mistress, Countess Lichtenau. Royal architect Brendel erected a half-timbered artificial ruin designed to recall a “decaying Roman country house.” From its antiques room to a reading room in the form of a bamboo hut, the interior reflects the 18th century’s intellectual and cultural world and its romantic longing for nature.