I love Dresden and, reading about the weekly photo challenge, reminded me of this beautiful city, the “Florence on the Elbe”, the capital of the state of Saxony.
The Fürstenzug (or the “Procession of Princes”) is the largest porcelain artwork in the world (about 102 metres in length) and it displays the ancestral portraits of the 35 margraves, electors, dukes and kings of the House of Wettin between 1127 and 1904. Luckily it suffered only minimal damage in the Feb. 1945 bombing of Dresden by the Allies in WWII and the resulting firestorm in the city – the seventieth anniversary of this event was observed last month.
The Frauenkirche, another famous monument in the city, however, was not that lucky. Left as a ruin by the former East German government in memory of the great war, it was rebuilt after the reunification of Germany. The new golden tower cross, funded officially by “the British people and the House of Windsor”, was made by a British blacksmith, whose father was one of the pilots from the 1945 bombing raid.
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