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The Ephraim Palace is a small but attractive building constructed in 1769 by Veitel Heine Ephraim, a wealthy trader of the period.
It is situated on the corner of Molkenmarkt, between Muhlendamm and PoststraBe Streets, a spot that was once called “the most beautiful corner in Berlin”.
Ephraim was Jewish and kept the accounts of Frederick the Great during the Seven Year War. It was during this period that he used his position to defend the rights of Christian merchants. Thanks to his actions, he gained the opportunity to buy land in Muhlendamm Street where he built the palace, an area that was formerly owned by rich Christians.
Later Ephraim decided to add to the project and bought the building in PoststraBe Street. He ordered for the two buildings to be redesigned and made into one. Carrying this out was not easy and problems with the slanting angle at which the building’s two wings met were especially apparent. They were solved, however, by creating two oval rooms. On the outside, emphasis was put on reinforcing the corner by adding double columns.
The result is what you see today: a building full of charm, with a columned upper section, rococo style balconies and round facade as a background.
Its refined rooms are home to the City Museum, which often holds temporary exhibitions of art, culture and Berlin’s history. You will also find here the City Museum’s pictorial collection.
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