When visiting the beautiful city of Potsdam, just 26 miles from central Berlin, touring the Sanssouci Palace is a must. The palace is often considered the German rival to that French loyal escape. The Sanssouci Palace was built for Frederick the Great’s need for a private residence and a refuge from the obligations of the German Court. With that, Frederick commissioned immense gardens which is now known as Sanssouci Park, and a more elaborate “New Palace”. When visiting the Sanssouci Park, a good stop along the garden walk is the Chinese Tea House. The Chinese Tea House is a garden pavilion located in the Rehgarten of Park Sanssouci in Potsdam, Germany. Frederick the Great had this tea house built to beautify his flower and vegetable garden. Not only did the tea house provide decor for the garden, but was also used for small social gatherings.
The prolonged building time of nine years was attributed to the Seven Years’ War and the turmoil it caused Prussia’s economy and financial stability. The chambers inside of the pavilion were furnished and concluded after the war in 1763.
This tea house illustrates the Chinese fashion that influenced the royal culture in all of Europe in the 18th century. The life-sized golden figures on the exterior of the tea house represent Chinese musicians and tea-drinking men and women.
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