Dresden Reborn

Dresden is really a city reborn.  Much of this once great city was flattened by bombs in World War II and laid in ruins during Soviet Era East Germany.  After German reunification 30 years ago, the historic core was rebuilt to its former grandeur.  We took time to explore the historic old city on our recent visit.
Historic facades like the one above contrast sharply with communist era buildings like the Palace of Culture below.
Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden (art collection) is housed in Residenzschloss.  The historic courtyard is protected by a modern glass roof.
Nearby, a row of graceful arches are decorated with sculptures of the heads of game animals.
The Procession of Princes or Fürstenzug depicts the rulers of the land through the centuries in a gilded mosaic that continues for a city block.
The squares surrounding Frauenkirche Dresden are among the most impressive of the city.  Note the mottled colors of the bricks.  The ashen ones were recovered from the original structure.  The unblemished stone is modern, was used to fill in the gaps in material, and is made of a substance more resistant to oxidation giving the structure this textured look.
Open fields nearby hint at the destruction during the war.
We sat down at a Bavarian style restaurant for a beer al fresco.
It takes muscles to tote those kegs around!
We were sitting in the shadow of this impressive church.
Across the way, we could once again see the seemingly architecturally out of place Palace of Culture.
As you can see, this is an ideal spot for meeting up with friends and a bit of people watching in the city.

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