Schloss Weimar is located at the north end of the town's park along the Ilm river. It forms part of the World Heritage Site "Classical Weimar".
In history, the castle was often destroyed by fire. The Baroque palace from the 17th century, with the church where several works by Johann Sebastian Bach were premiered, was replaced by a Neoclassical structure after a fire in 1774. Four rooms were dedicated to the memory of poets who worked in Weimar, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Johann Gottfried Herder, Friedrich Schiller and Christoph Martin Wieland.
From 1923, the building has housed the Schlossmuseum, a museum with a focus on paintings of the 15th and 16th centuries and works of art related to Weimar, a cultural centre.
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