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Dresden (German pronunciation: ['d?e?sd?n]) (German: Dresden, Czech: Dráždany, Upper Sorbian: Drježdzany, Polish: Drezno, Italian: Dresda) is the capital city of the Free State of Saxony in Germany. It is situated in a valley on the River Elbe, near the Czech border. The Dresden conurbation is part of the Saxon Triangle metropolitan area.
Dresden has a long history as the capital and royal residence for the Electors and Kings of Saxony, who for centuries furnished the city with cultural and artistic splendour. The city was known as the Jewel Box, because of its baroque and rococo city centre. A controversial Allied aerial bombing towards the end of World War II killed thousands of civilians and destroyed the entire city. The impact of the bombing and 40 years of urban development during the East German communist era have considerably changed the face of the city. Some restoration work has helped to reconstruct parts of the historic inner city, including the Katholische Hofkirche, the Semper Oper and the Dresdner Frauenkirche. Since the German reunification in 1990, Dresden has regained importance as one of the cultural, educational, political and economic centres of Germany.
Inside the Zwinger Garden
The Zwinger in Dresden, one of the many baroque pleasures in town. The picture is taken just off Kron...
The Zwinger in Dresden, one of the many baroque pleasures in town. The picture is taken inside the Kr...
The Zwinger palace was built for the willing of August the Strong, elector of Saxony, in 1710-1728.Th...
The Zwinger palace was built for the willing of August the Strong, elector of Saxony, in 1710-1728. T...
Dresda è tristemente famosa per una dei più devastanti bombardamenti della seconda guerra mondiale, ma oggi, ricostruita in maniera accurata, riporta il visitatore ai fasti dei principi di Sassonia.
Qui vennero a dipingere il Canaletto ed il Bellotto, qui è stato costruito il Semperoper uno dei teatri d'opera più importanti del mondo, per tradizione e acustica.