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Herrscher der Welfendynastie

Rulers of the House of Guelph

Various sculptors
c. 1862

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The construction of the Guelph Palace started in the 1860s in the Kingdom of Hanover under George V as summer residence for the royal family. As a memory to the tradition of Guelph a series of statues of the eight major rulers was added to the facades. When it was finished, Hannover had became part of the Prussian kingdom and the building was used as Polytechnical School, presently the University of Hannover.
  1. Four statues on the south side
    1. Heinrich der Löwe / Henry the Lion (c. 1129/30 or 1133/35 – Braunschweig 1195), member of the Guelph dynasty, Duke of Saxony, he had Hannover enlarged and fortified (Wikipedia).
      Sculpted by Wilhelm Engelhard.
    2. Ernst I. der Bekenner / Ernest the Confessor (Uelzen 1497 - 1546), duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg (Wikipedia).
      Sculpted by Wilhelm Engelhard.
    3. Ernst August, Kurfürst von Hannover / Ernest Augustus, Elector of Brunswick-Lüneburg (Herzberg am Harz 1629 - Herrenhausen 1698), duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg and ruled over the Principality of Calenberg (with its capital Hanover) subdivision of the duchy. He was appointed prince-elector, but died before the appointment became effective (Wikipedia).
      Sculpted by Wilhelm Engelhard.
    4. Ernst August I., König von Hannover (London 1771 - Hannover 1851), became in 1837 King of Hanover when his niece, Victoria, became Queen of the United Kingdom, ending the personal union between Britain and Hanover that had existed since 1714 (Wikipedia).
      Sculpted by Wilhelm Engelhard.
      Hannover - Herrscher der Welfendynastie
      Heinrich der Löwe
      Hannover - Herrscher der Welfendynastie
      Ernst I. der Bekenner
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      Ernst August, Kurfürst von Hannover
      Hannover - Herrscher der Welfendynastie
      Ernst August I., König von Hannover

  2. Four statues on the north side
    1. Otto I. das Kind / Otto the Child (1204 - Lüneburg 1252), first duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg from 1235 until his death (Wikipedia).
      Sculpted by Georg Hurtzig
    2. Kaiser Otto IV. / Otto IV, Holy Roman Emperor (Braunschweig? 1175 - Harzburg 1218), King of Germany from 1198/1208 and Holy Roman Emperor from 1209 until he was forced to abdicate in 1215 (Wikipedia).
      Sculpted by Georg Hurtzig
    3. Georg, Herzog von Braunschweig und Lüneburg, Fürst von Calenberg (Celle 1582 - Hildesheim 1641), the first duke to move his residence to Hanover where he laid the foundation for the Leineschloss (Wikipedia).
      Sculpted by Carl Dopmeyer
    4. George I of Great Britain (1660-1727), King of Great Britain and Ireland from 1 August 1714 until his death, and ruler of the Duchy and Electorate of Brunswick-Lüneburg (Hanover) from 1698 (Wikipedia).
      Sculpted by Carl Rangenier.
      Hannover - Herrscher der Welfendynastie
      Otto I. das Kind
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      Kaiser Otto IV.
      Hannover - Herrscher der Welfendynastie
      Georg, Herzog von Braunschweig und Lüneburg, Fürst von Calenberg
      Hannover - Herrscher der Welfendynastie
      George I of Great Britain


The castle Welfenschloss in Hanover is now used by the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz University Hannover.

Hannover - Herrscher der Welfendynastie


Sources & Information


  • Engelhard, Wilhelm
  • Ernst August I, König von Hannover
  • Ernst August, Kurfürst von Hannover
  • Ernst I., Herzog zu Braunschweig-Lüneburg
  • Georg (Duke of Braunschweig-Lüneburg)
  • George I (King of Great Britain)
  • Henry the Lion
  • Hurtzig, Georg
  • Monarch
  • Otto I (Duke of Braunschweig-Lüneburg)
  • Otto IV (emperor)
  • Rangenier, Carl
  • Location (N 52°22'57" - E 9°43'4")

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