"Kronentor (Crown Gate) ? Symbol of the City" Top 5 Page for this destination Zwinger Tip by Kakapo2

Zwinger, Dresden: 97 reviews and 247 photos

  The roof is made of gold-coated copper.
by Kakapo2

This gate of the Zwinger ? a kind of small arch - has become a symbol of the city, and surely is the complex?s most famous part. You walk through it on your walk on the outer wall of the Zwinger.

Architecturally it is a mixture of Italian Baroque and antique elements.

Over the pillars of the gate you see the royal sceptre, the crossed swords, and over the arch Saxon?s coat of arms. Greek heroes and gods like Herakles and Athena are also depicted in the sculptures.

The onion-shaped roof is made of gold coated copper.

On the tip of this roof-tower you see four Polish eagles (I do not know how you can see the difference between Polish and German eagles?) carrying a replica of the Polish King?s crown. Why Polish? Because August II was elected as King of Poland in 1697. However, some say the crown could also be the crown of the German Emperor which Augustus the Strong had hoped for.

Address: Theaterplatz, 01067 Dresden
Phone: 0351 - 438370312
Website: http://www.der-dresdner-zwinger.de

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  • Written Aug 28, 2008
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