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"Zwinger" Zwinger Tip by richiecdisc

Zwinger, Dresden: 98 reviews and 252 photos

  the red glow that got me in trouble
by richiecdisc
  • the red glow that got me in trouble - Dresden
      the red glow that got me in trouble
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  • The Zwinger is impressive with its icy moat - Dresden
      The Zwinger is impressive with its icy moat
    by richiecdisc

The Zwinger represents not only the opulence of Saxon elector August the Strong but also the culmination of his transformation of Dresden into Germany’s cultural and arts Mecca, drawing artists from across Europe. They created not only the Zwinger and an impressive collection of art but also his baroque palaces that adorn the city and Warsaw after his self coronation as the Polish King. The complex’s inception and certainly its impressive design were heavily influenced by his grand tour of France and Italy with Versailles most cited.

The bulk of it was built between 1710 and 1728 by master builder Pöppelman in collaboration with sculptor Balthasar Permoserbut but work was halted with Strong’s death in 1733 and it wasn’t until 1855 that the square was completed with the closing of the end facing the opera house. Less than a hundred years later it was laid to ruin by the 1945 bombings in retaliation of Germany’s destruction of Coventry. Thankfully, rather than rebuild the city under the then popular guise of social realism ala the GDR, it was returned to its former glory along with much of Dresden’s old city center.

Address: Theaterplatz, 01067 Dresden
Directions: On the south side of the Theaterplatz.
Phone: 0351 - 438370312

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  • Updated Jan 26, 2008
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