Frederick was inspired to create the summer palace of Sanssouci while out on a ride in 1743, when he discovered the beautiful view from a hill just outside Potsdam during a picnic. Following his sketched outline, the court architect Georg Wenzeslaus von Knobelsdorff built the palace in 1745-47. Frederick decreed that he should be buried there together with his dogs. The words sans souci – ‘without cares’ – are inscribed on the garden facade.

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Sanssouci at night


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