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Dresden is the capital of Saxony and one of the most beautiful cities in Germany. Someone called it “Florence-on-Elba” and, really, like Florence, Dresden was known for its architecture and art treasures.
It was nice and flourishing city, but by the middle of the XX century situation has changed. During World War II Dresden was completely destroyed. Since that city and state government has been taking a lot of efforts to restore the city. They planned to finish all works by 2006 (800 anniversary of Dresden), but there is still a lot to be done. Among the nearest plans of restoration are Frauenkirche built between 1726 and 1743 in baroque style and know for its dome.
However, Dresden is once again a popular tourist destination. A lot of beautiful churches and interesting museums attract tourists from all over the world. Restored Hofkirche is the largest church in Saxony. Fašade shows 38 historic and bible characters. Kreizkirche is the home for the famous chorus.
One of the symbols of the city is Dresden Opera Theater. The first Opera House at this location was built 1838-41 by the architect Gottfried Semper and considered to be one of the most beautiful theatres in Europe. After the fire of 1869, the house was reconstructed 1871-78 in High Renaissance style. At the end of World War II, in 1945, Opera House was badly concerned. In 1977 - 1985 the theatre was reconstructed, considering the requirements of a modern opera house.
Albertinium is a museum named in the honor of its founder – king Albert the Saxon. It was constructed in 1884-87. Here you can see the works of the German and French artists of XIX-XX centuries.
One of the most impressive samples of baroque style is Zwinger palace. It houses some museums, especially popular is Dresden Painting Gallery. It exhibits such masterpieces as “Sistine Madonna” by Rafael and “Sleeping Venus” by Giorgione.
The palace was built in 1710-1722 in the honor of August the Strong. Like the entire Dresden the palace was erased from the surface in 1945, but in its 1964 opened its doors again.
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