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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 Frauenkirche is a symbol of the recent reconstruction of many of Dresden's beautiful landmarks after bombardments and subsequent fires destroyed all the city's landmarks.
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.
Zwinger is a magnificent palace complex with beautifully sculpted pavilions connected by long galleries. In the 18th century it was used for court festivities. Today it is home to several museums.