Schatzkammer is a German word which translates as Treasure Room, and is a term also used in English for the collection of treasures, especially those in precious metals and jewels, of a ruler or other collector, kept in a secure room, often in the basement of a palace or castle. It also often included the wider types of object typical of the Renaissance cabinet of curiosities
Cabinet of curiosities
A cabinet of curiosities was an encyclopedic collection in Renaissance Europe of types of objects whose categorical boundaries were yet to be defined. They were also known by various names such as Cabinet of Wonder, and in German Kunstkammer or Wunderkammer...


  • The Imperial Treasury Schatzkammer in Vienna
    Schatzkammer (Vienna)
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  • The collection of the royal regalia and treasures of the Bavaria
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    n Wittelsbach
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     dynasty, housed in the Residenz
    Residenz, Munich
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    Palace in Munich
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    , Germany
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  • The vast collection of the Wettin
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    s of Saxony
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    , kept in the Grünes Gewölbe
    Grünes Gewölbe
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    in the Residenzschloss (Royal Castle) at Dresden
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    , Germany.
  • The Crown Jewels of the United Kingdom
    Crown Jewels of the United Kingdom
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     in the Tower of London
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  • A display of Bourbon treasures in the basement of the Museo del Prado
    Museo del Prado
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    , Madrid
  • The Waddesdon Bequest, a 19th century collection of mostly Renaissance treasures now displayed together in the British Museum
    British Museum
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A very small but evocative Renaissance room in a tower at Lacock Abbey
Lacock Abbey
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was designed for keeping and viewing the treasures of the newly-rich owner.
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