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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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The Goldener Reiter is a rather spectacular gilded equestrian statue of Augustus the Strong, Elector of Saxony and King of Poland. The statue was commissioned by his son who inaugurated it in 1734.
The first church at the site of the Kreuzkirche was built in 1215. The current, neoclassicist church was built at the end of the 18th century. The tower of the Kreuzkirche is 92m high and accessible to the public.
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.