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Ransoming Ottoman Slaves From Munich (1688)

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Having completed the system of canals Zuccali prepared the plans of the Versailles-like Neues Schloss in 1693. The construction of the castle began in 1701 under the direction of Philipp Zwerger and went on until 1704 when the unmortared building was completed. In the meantime the envoys of Emperor Leopold I and of Sultan Mustafa II had signed the Peace of Karlowitz which finally made possible the exchange of the Christian and Ottoman prisoners. Maximilian Emmanuel also consented to his prisoners’ liberation. The 36 “Turkish slaves” who are known to have remained in Munich by 1700 may also have heard about the Elector’s plan to decorate the Victoria-hall of the Neues Schloss with monumental paintings that would commemorate the events of the Hungarian campaign.

Keywords: Christian prisoners; Munich; Ottoman prisoners

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