Friday, July 27, 2018

The Traveler's Report Part 2 - Dresden

Part 2 of the Traveler's report, from Jamie:

Our second stop on the tour led us to Dresden, the capital of the German State of Saxony. Dresden sits on the banks of the Elbe river and is luscious with gardens the citizens can rent and grow whatever you want. This little day stop had some wonders of its own to display. This extended lunch stop proved to have some amazing burgers with pomme frites as well.

Dresden Castle served as the Royal Palace for almost 400 years to the Saxony line of rulers.

Zwinger Palace
Walking inside the Zwinger Palace you can see the Baroque style architecture. It once served as a fortress and now it’s the residence of a museum.

F├╝rstenzug, the Wall depicts all of the Saxony rulers of Dresden and is made of 23,000 porcelain tiles making it the largest porcelain tile artwork in the world.
Dresden Frauenkirche, The Church of Our Lady completed in 1743 this once Catholic Cathedral became Protestant after the Reformation and remains Lutheran to this day. This church had withstood several attacks from Prussia during the Seven Years War in which the dome is said to have been hit over 100 times with cannonballs. The sandstone dome took the hits and bounced the cannon fire off its shell frustrating the Prussian army. It wasn’t until the bombing of Dresden in WW2 that the Church was destroyed and its stones preserved as a memorial for over fifty years until the reunification of Germany brought about its reconstruction. Every stone in the reconstruction came from the original making it a truly remarkable site.

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