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Roman House

The Roman House was constructed between 1791 and 1797 on the steep slope in the park on the river Ilm as a refuge for Duke Carl August of Saxe-Weimar and Eisenach; the building work was supervised by Johann Wolfgang Goethe. The plans for the Roman House were drawn up by the Hamburg architect Johann August Arens. The front of the building has the form of a prostylos raised on a plinth with an Ionian atrium supported on four pillars. The view from the Ilm floodplains shows rusticated foundations with a hall supported by massive Doric pillars. The temple-like construction gives the impression of having been built on the ruins of an ancient edifice. Inspired by the villas surrounding Rome, the Roman House has the status of a classical show home embodying Goethe’s architectural theories which developed in the light of his journey to Italy.

Christian Friedrich Schuricht from Dresden was commissioned to design the interior of the Roman House. Goethe’s friend and artistic advisor Johann Heinrich Meyer painted the frescos on the walls and ceiling. The centre of the frescos depicts Apollo with Pegasus and the Muses. The tympanum over the portico of the main entrance on the west side shows a relief created by Johann Peter Kaufmann in 1819 depicting allegories of science, art and agriculture watched over by a genius.

The Roman House was renovated throughout 1999 and was left unfurnished as the original furnishings could not be reconstructed. Today this allows an unhindered view of the classical interior. The areas open to visitors include the atrium, which also served as a dining room, the Blue Salon, the scene of social celebrations, and the Yellow Salon, which was the Duke’s study. The adjoining rooms were used as bedrooms and dressing rooms. An exhibition in the basement shows how the park on the river Ilm has been being developed since the late 18th century.

Visitor information


Roman House
Park an der Ilm
99423 Weimar

Opening hours

31.3. - 26.10.
Mo We Th Fr Sa Su | 10:00 - 18:00

Good Friday
10:00 - 18:00 open

Easter Sunday till Easter Monday
10:00 - 18:00 open

Labor Day (May 1)
10:00 - 18:00 open

Ascension Day
10:00 - 18:00 open

Pentecost (Saturday and Monday)
10:00 - 18:00 open

German Unification Day (Oct 3)
10:00 - 18:00 open


Adults 4,50 € | Discount 3,50 € | School Kid (16-20 years) 1,50 €
Youth under 16 years free

Handicap Information


Klassik Stiftung Weimar
Kommunikation, Öffentlichkeitsarbeit, Marketing
Frauentorstraße 4
99423 Weimar
Phone: +49 3643 545-400
Fax: +49 3643 545-401

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