Cavalier House

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A cavalier's house or cavalier's house (from cavalier , French chevalier , Italian cavaliere , knight and rider ), also known as cavalier house or cavalier house, has been a building since the baroque that served as part of a palace ensemble to accommodate the court .

The Kavaliershaus on the Mirow Castle Island in Mirow
The Kavaliershaus on Pfaueninsel in Berlin

The Germanized name of the Kavaliershaus is derived from the buildings originally reserved for the riders, i.e. knights. The name was later used synonymously for those buildings in a palace complex that were not directly inhabited by the respective royal family. In the Kavaliershaus employees of the court, high officials, couriers or guests found their place.

In Baroque complexes, the cavalier houses often enclose the court of honor together with the actual castle . They can be connected to the main castle through galleries or stand alone. There were no binding rules, so that the cavalier houses sometimes found their place in the park of the castle. Depending on the scope, size and importance of the respective residence - and its residents - a cavalier's house can in a sense represent a castle in itself, or it can be more like a town house .



  • Hans-Joachim Kadatz: Seemanns Lexikon der Architektur . 3. Edition. Seemann, Leipzig 2001, ISBN 3-363-00613-6 , p. 136.