Dresden's world-famous landmark, Zwinger, was created between 1710-32 by architect Matthäus Daniel Pöppelmann ... More
Dresden's world-famous landmark, Zwinger, was created between 1710-32 by architect Matthäus Daniel Pöppelmann and sculptor Balthasar Permoser. The imposing complex, made up of a crown gate, long, winding galleries, a walled pavilion and carillon and French and German pavilions was originally designed as a venue for court festivities. In 1855, a Neo-renaissance structure designed by Gottfried Semper was built on the north-eastern side. The Semper Building contains, amongst other things, the Gallery of the Old Masters, with works by Dürer, Titian, Rubens and one of the most famous paintings in the world, the Sistine Madonna by Raphael. The breathtaking ensemble is completed by several royal tombstones, a pond and an idyllic park.
My sons, husband, and I spent alot of time here when we went to Dresden. We enjoyed the Rustkammer museum which has armor, weapons, and horse equipment that belonged to the dukes and electors of Saxony. My husband and 13 year-old son found this fascinating. I wish I would have gone to the porcelain museum. Please note that the art museum is closed for renovations this year. The grounds and gardens are very pretty.
How did it feel to be a knight in shining armour, striding to a tournament with steed and lance? A
visit to the state armoury in the Zwinger , Semper building should answer the question. The fascinating collection of ...
Work on the Hofkirche (Royal Chapel) started during the reign of Frederick August II, under the oversight of Italian architect
Gaetano Chiaveri, who designed the church in the Romanesque style of the late baroque period. The foundation stone was ...
With some 600 books to his name, Polish author Jozef Ignacy Kraszewski was one of the world's most productive writers.
His former home in Dresden (from 1873 79) has now been turned into a museum which offers an insight ...
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