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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.
This modern synagogue was built in 2001 at the site of Dresden's 19th century Main Synagogue, which was destroyed in 1938 during the notorious Kristallnacht.
When this bridge - officially known as the Loschwitz- Blasewitz- Brücke - was completed in 1893 it was considered a breathtaking technological wonder, hence its name.