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Dresden evolved into one of Germany's most beautiful cities after it became the residence of the Wettins, rulers of Saxony for over 800 years. In the 18th century the city was one of Europe's most important cultural centers with grandiose buildings like the Semper Opera House and Zwinger.
After allied fire bombings obliterated the historical center reconstruction of Dresden's magnificent landmarks would drag on for more than sixty years.
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Dresden's History Museum has a magnificent collection of ceremonial armors and weaponry, often created by master craftsmen and decorated with silver, gold and gems.
The Residenzschloss, the Royal Palace of Dresden, is a large complex in the historic center consisting of several buildings in different styles. Inside are museums and treasure chambers.
The catholic hofkirche (Church of the Court) was built by Saxon ruler Augustus III as a counterweight for the protestant Frauenkirche. The cathedral was built between 1738 and 1751 in baroque style.