The Hall of Mirrors is the most splendid room of the former Residence of the Prince-Bishops, which, with its large Baroque three-winged construction, is attached to the south side of the Cathedral. The Residence is the work of the Eichstätt Court Master Builders Jakob Engel, Gabriel de Gabrieli and Maurizio Pedetti. Martin von Eyb commissioned Jakob Engel to construct a new Residence building on the site of the so-called “Old Court,” the west wing of which was already finished in 1702. At the behest of the Bishops Johann Anton I. Knebel von Katzenellenbogen and Franz Ludwig Schenk von Castell, Gabrieli completed the construction around 1725.
Prince-Bishop Raymund Anton Graf von Strasoldo authorized Pedetti to install the staircase and the Hall of Mirrors in the west wing in 1767 – 1768. The ceiling paintings are by Johann Michael Franz, and the stucco work by Johann Jakob Berg. The last Prince-Bishop Joseph von Stubenberg (1790 – 1802) undertook a remodeling of the interior in Classisist style. Under the Dukes of Leuchtenberg, who ruled the Principality of Eichstätt from 1817, the interior rooms were furnished in Empire style.
Translated from the German by Lucy Hallman Russell and Ray Carson Russell
Saturday, 11 May 2019, 11 a.m.: »L’arpa di Partenope« (Margret Köll)
Sunday, 12 May 2019, 11:45 a.m.: »BR Tafel-Confect«
Spiegelsaal (Hall of Mirrors)
Former Prince-Bishop’s Residence