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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 Fürstenzug - the Procession of Princes or Procession of Dukes - is a 120m/334ft long mural decorated with ceramic tiles depicting a procession of rulers of the House of Wettin since 1127.
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.
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.