As always, the local monarchs lent us, tourists, a helping hand. It were Augustus the Strong and Augustus
III who thought (so conveniently!) to bring many masterpieces to a single place. Here's just a brief list of artists you can get to know: Veronese (the paintings were made during the last epoche of Renaissance in Italy), Tintoretto, Raphael (remember the Virgin of Sistine? It's there, in the Old Masters gallery of Dresden), Botticelli, Rubens, Vermeer ('A Girl with a letter' among others), Durer ('The portrait of a Young Man' is worth mentioning), Poussin, Murillo, Velasquez ('Juan Mateos'), El Greco
The Zwinger is both palace and park and was designed by the architect Matthäus Daniel Pöppelmann. It is an area used for these fantastic festivities, that August the Strong used to like!
Nowadays there are still concerts given in the Zwinger - which should be very romantic!
The name "Zwinger" means "outer ward". It derived the name from the location between the inner and outer walls of the City fortifications. It was erected between 1709 and 1732 by the famous local architect Daniel Pöppelmann as a place for tournaments and a pleasure garden. The Zwinger houses numerous collections, for example the Old Masters Gallery, the Armoury Museum, the Porcelain Collection, the Zoological Museum and the Mathematical-Physical Salon.
The Zwinger represents not only the opulence of Saxon elector August the Strong but also the culmination of his transformation of Dresden into Germany’s cultural and arts Mecca, drawing artists from across Europe. They created not only the Zwinger and an impressive collection of art but also his baroque palaces that adorn the city and Warsaw after his self coronation as the Polish King. The complex’s inception and certainly its impressive design were heavily influenced by his grand tour of France and Italy with Versailles most cited.
The bulk of it was built between 1710 and 1728 by master builder Pöppelman in collaboration with sculptor Balthasar Permoserbut but work was halted with Strong’s death in 1733 and it wasn’t until 1855 that the square was completed with the closing of the end facing the opera house. Less than a hundred years later it was laid to ruin by the 1945 bombings in retaliation of Germany’s destruction of Coventry. Thankfully, rather than rebuild the city under the then popular guise of social realism ala the GDR, it was returned to its former glory along with much of Dresden’s old city center.
It's the pride of Dresden. It was built between 1711-32. It was planned as a a part of a large palace. The square court with its U-shaped extensions is considered one of the most successful baroque designs ever conceived. The galleries and pavilions are linked to form a court that functions as an outdoor theater. Heavily damaged during the bombings of World War II, the complex has been restored. Its galleries and pavilions now contain a number of museums.
The Zwinger Palace was mostly destroyed in the air raids of 1945 like most of the structures of Dresden. It has since be rebuilt. The court yard is full of fountains and lovely lawn. Several musuems such as the Armory museum "Die Rüstkammer" and the Painting gallery are housed in its wings. Its a nice place to sit and rest after walking around the city. One can stop sit next to a fountain and enjoy the atmosphere.
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The perfect Roccoco courtyard of the Zwinger Palace in Dresden is one of Germany's most beautiful cultural sights. The curving symetrical facades were all but destroyed in 1945, but the restoration is so merticulous it's impossible to tell.
The Gemaldegalerie Altes Meister is perhaps Germany's finest collection of old masters, with a range of works by Vermeer, Titian, Raphael and Rembrandt. The building itself was designed by Gottfried Semper, and just near the entrance you can see an engraving by a Russian soldier stating that the museum has been checked for mines. Don't miss Raphael's celebrated Sisine Madonna, Titian's Woman with a Fan or Vermeer's The Procuress and Girl Reading a Letter at a Window.
It houses 2 of the most important attractions in Dresden - the Armoury and the Gallery of Old Masters. The latter is a must-see especially for Raphael's Sistine Madonna. Personally I would give the former a miss. Anyway arrive early so you can look around the premises before the other tourists arrive. There are some open air performances in the evening while I was there.
I think this is a view of outside the Porcelain collection.
Augustus the Strong, who was also King of Poland built this masterpiece. It is modeled after Versailles and built in 1719.
Note: It is closed on Mondays.
The left of the Zwinger there is a long galleries housing famous collection of porcelain from Far East and also from Meissen. Atop one of the building is a beautiful clock also made by the Meissen porcelain. You can also see the two knives - swords!! which is also the emblem of the Meissen. also the emblem of Saxony royalty
Following the tragic flooding, many of fountains and magnificent waterworks at the Rampart Pavillion were destroyed. But nevertheless you can still enjoy the magnificent architecture of the Rampart Pavilion - also known as Wallpavilion.
There are many statues - many taken from the Greek myth of the Golden Apples of Hesperides.
The Zwinger palace is a symbol of Dresden, and despite being completely destroyed in WWII, it was rebuilt during the 1960's and refurbished over the years to its original splendor.
Built between 1710 and 1738 the Zwinger is the masterpiece in Dresden.
Here they claim to have the most important collection of porcelains of the world.
It´s near the Theaterplatz and the Semperoper. Unfortately I had very bad weather than I took this picture. Normally its a beutiful old building with a great park around.