Little Golden Roof : Michelin's recommendations
The surprising Little Golden Roof is plated onto an ordinary Old Town building. It was given this nickname by Innsbruck's inhabitants and you can understand why when you first see the gilded roof. It is said that the Duke of Tyrol, Friedrich "the Penniless" (1382-1439) decided to cover the roof with gold coins, in order to show passers-by that the rumours about his lack of fortune were false. In fact, Innsbruck was Emperor Maximilian I's favourite home and, at the beginning of the 16th century, he had this loggia erected on what was then the Duke's Palace. The structure, designed by Niklas Türing the Elder, was supposed to glorify the sovereign when he showed himself to the people during street feasts and tournaments. The Gothic decoration becomes increasingly richer and Renaissance as it rises towards the roof. On the first floor, a balustrade frieze shows the coats of arms of Maximilian's various European possessions and family alliances. The second floor is a fastuously adorned loggia. Its original sculptures are housed in the "Ferdinandeum" Museum. On the balustrade coffers, you see, in middle left position, Maximilian facing his wife, Bianca Maria Sforza, while an effigy of his first wife, Mary of Burgundy, is also present. On the right, he is shown between his Empire Councillor and jester... The other panels show dancer-acrobat couples. Inside, you can visit the Maximilianeum, where objects belonging to the Emperor are exhibited, with the showpiece being his amazing death mask.
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