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Street Mustergasse: photos, description (Mustergasse)

Mustergasse often called the former "millionaires row" of Bolzano. In different years it had different names - Mustergasse, Herrengasse, Rainergasse and finally, Mustergasse. In the 18th century it was one of the most elegant streets of the city. Before the old city wall was demolished in 1277 the year, Mustergasse was an ordinary street on the outskirts of Bolzano, and after this significant event has become a natural extension of the medieval centre and soon became the most prestigious street of the city where many wealthy merchants built their residences.

Its present appearance Mustergasse acquired in the 17th and 18th centuries. Rich merchants and noble people of the city here bought a house and turned them into their luxurious homes, often adding to the buildings of the late classical or Baroque facades. And these modest Baroque facades concealed the truly magnificent interiors. These residences were called "pale", and each of them had their own story - Palais Menz (now a Bank), pale Campofranco (today it houses the Gallery of Goethe), Palais Pock (occupied today by the insurance company). With the exception of the pale Ments, which can be viewed every Wednesday, all other residences open to tourists only once a year.

After the First World war Mustergasse began to decline and partly lost its former splendor. Most of the beautiful buildings were sold, and later they opened offices and commercial enterprises.

Nevertheless, some of these palaces attract the attention today. So, pale Campofranco was originally the residence of the Florentine family of bankers Cochin Batch, and in the 19th century it housed the residence of the Austrian Archduke Rainer and his granddaughter, Princess of Campofranco.

Ments Palais was built in 1670 year, and almost a hundred years later it was purchased by the family Manz - noble merchants of Bolzano. On their initiative the building was substantially rebuilt. To our days have survived the dance room with the frescoes in the Rococo style made by Carl Henrici between 1776 and 1784-m. Enrichi in those years was considered the best painter in Venice, and he ordered a series of frescos specifically for the wedding of the youngest son of the family Mentz George, Paolo and Clara depr. The hall ceiling is decorated with images of cupids, and on the walls you can see ancient deities, Neptune, Pluto, Bacchus. There is depicted a group of dancing people on the background of a tranquil landscape - a typical sample of Baroque art, especially the Venetian.

There are in pale Menz and another gem Oriental works of art, primarily Chinese, which was extremely popular in the late 18th century. In addition to Chinese items here you can see the Peruvian, Indian and other fabrics depicting exotic plants and surreal birds. Today in pale Menz host the Bank, but on request frescoed hall on the first floor can be viewed.