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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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This oriental style building is the odd one out in Dresden's skyline. The glass domed building is a former tobacco factory, built in 1908 - 1909. Today it houses offices and shops.
Großer Garten in a large park just southwest of the city center. The park was originally created in 1676 as a royal hunting ground, but it opened to the public in 1814.
Theaterplatz is a large square near the historic center of Dresden. It is surrounded by a number of magnificent landmarks, including the Semper Opera House, Zwinger Palace, and Hofkirche.