Schloss (Palace) Friedenstein, built in the 17th century, is one of the most important palace complexes in Thuringia as to the art and cultural history. Dominating the scenery, it towers over the old town of Gotha. Builder Herzog Ernst I. of Saxony-Gotha-Altenburg was eager to have all economic sectors and the complete state authorities next to his above stairs in his residence. Hence, Friedenstein became one of the largest palaces of its time. Today it hosts interior decorations from Baroque to Historicism. In the western tower of the palace there is the oldest Baroque theatre in Europe - the Ekhof-Theatre – with a completely preserved historical stage craft from the 17th century. Schloss Friedenstein keeps a lot of authentic evidence from the Luther times, as for instance the Cranach-picture "Verdammnis und Erlösung" („Damnation and Salvation“), which refers to Luther’s doctrine of grace.
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