Spa rooms building with Marble Hall and Spa Theatre
This architectural masterpiece joins the colonnades, the spa café, the Marble Hall, the Spa Theatre and the casino together. Since the citizens of Bad Ems call the sunny side in front of the spa rooms building “Klein Nizza” (Little Nice), as it is oriented towards the South and decorated with palm trees in summer, the Marble Hall, which was erected from 1836 to 1839, could be called “Little Rome”. The “Villa Farnesina” at the Tiber in Rome was taken as an example when the splendid hall with its wall paintings and columns made of Lahn-Valley marble was built. The plans for the festive hall of Bad Ems were provided by Johann ottfried Gutensohn, the royal Bavarian construction inspector. In 1913/14 the Marble Hall was not sufifcient enough anymore and therefore the spa rooms building was extended by the Spa Theatre. According to the fashion at that time the theatre was built in a Neo-Rococo style. Still today both sites of cultural interest are the stages for great cultural events.