Monday, September 19, 2016

Onward to Dresden!

Our fourth day out found us headed to Dresden, a cultural, educational, political, and economic cent of Germany, but one practically destroyed by three days of intensive Allied bombing in World War II, which unleashed a firestorm that destroyed the city center and killed upwards of 25,000 people. Much of what we saw, then, was the result of extensive reconstruction or rebuilding in the pre-war style of the destroyed areas.

The Frauenkirche, restoration only completed in 2005:

The Dresden Palace and Zwinger Palace were built around 1709 by King Augustus III on the old stronghold of the city and were converted to house the royal art collections and provide space for festivals. Its gate, topped by a golden crown, is famous.

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