Dresden, between old and new

place de la Frauenkirche, photo Catherine Gras

Dresden is the capital of Saxony. Saxony is now one of the sixteen German regions, and was once a culturally rich kingdom at the gateway to Bohemia.

Its recent history is tragic. Between 13 and 15 February 1945, Allied air raids destroyed most of the city and caused many victims.

75 years later, a visit to the city is a journey through destruction, renovation and reconstruction. You never know whether you are looking at a building that survived the bombing or a complete reconstruction like the Frauenkirche.

A good way to question our concept of “historic” building.

Dresden also has some very modern buildings that are worth a visit, which will be the subject of my second post on the city. It is well worth it!

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