Impressions – Dresden
So I’m slow at posting about our last trip, which isn’t good because I’m likely to forget what was where. I’ve already jumbled many of the historically important names we heard throughout the tour (that I had never heard before). Obviously I didn’t major in History. 😉
After two days in Berlin, we headed south, towards Prague, but first we made a stop along the way in Dresden.
I was eager to see Dresden – even though I had no idea though how beautiful it would be. Dresden is mentioned in a Kurt Vonnegut book I read not too long ago; Kurt was actually there as a POW, during the bombing that obliterated 80% of the city in 1945. It was a controversial bombing, 1,300 heavy bombers (British and USA) dropped over 3,900 tons of high-explosive bombs in a 14 hour period. Controversial because there were no military targets there and somewhere between 25,000 to 60,000 civilians were killed. It was a cultural center, and it still is today (with massive reconstruction).
Unfortunately, we didn’t stay here long – it was more of a glimpse than a real visit. We got off the tour bus around lunch time and had I think 3 hours to roam around, find food, and take pictures. Oh, I think we had ice cream too!
So anyway, it is a beautiful place, here is a picture of the Frauenkirche, restoration of it was completed in 2005, a year before Dresden’s 800th anniversary. You can tell from this photo that most of the building is “new”:
A close up of the restoration (you can see new and original brick together):
The Fürstenzug (Procession Of Princes) — the Saxon sovereigns chronologically depicted:
Zwinger Palace and grounds (the most lovely thing we saw here):
Inside the palace is the Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister art museum which, among other things, is the permanent residence of Raphael’s Sistine Madonna, you know, with the angel babies on their elbows, i.e. this guy:
* photo courtesy of wikipedia.com
We didn’t really have time to visit properly so we didn’t go inside. I looked up the museum online when we returned, seems like it would be a fantastic place to visit. Maybe we’ll be back there again.