Dresden along the Elbe

Here is another portion of a walk in Dresden. Today's tour takes us along the promenade on the Elbe, the so-called "Front Porch of Europe".


Here's a view from the promenade across the river to the New City. It's the new city because it was founded in the latter half of the 16th century rather than the first part of that century as was the "Old City".


Looking back from the promenade we can see the Hauptkirch and Semper opera.


This is the part of the tour where you should put on some Vivaldi. At the entrance to the promenade are four statues, each representing a season. I'll have to go look up which season is which and will update the page later. But for now, let's play "Guess the allegory". I'd say this is spring


An here is probably summer, digging in the fields and a cornicopia of vegetables in one hand.


This is a little harder, but I'm guessing it's fall.


Whereas here's old man winter. What do you think? Do you have a better interpretation?


Looking along the promenade we see the Albertinium in the foreground and what the locals call the "Lemon Press" in the background. The Albertinium is where the artifacts from the Grunesgevalt are currently housed. Eventually when the prince's palace is restored, they will go back to their home. The dome of the Lemon Press is glass. I haven't gone inside yet, but look forward to doing so.


Looking away from the river, we see a street full of restaurants leading to the construction going on at the Frauenkirch. This street is a lively place when the weather's warm and the tourists are here. The Frauenkirch is maybe the main symbol of pride for the town of Dresden.


The Frauenkirch was destroyed in the bombing of Dresden and was never rebuilt by the East German government. Reasons were probably two-fold. One was as a reminder of the terrible price that the city paid at the end of the war. The other may have had to do with the aims of the communist regime in keeping alive bitter feelings toward the western Allied governments and keeping the local Christian center of faith from being restored. At any rate, as soon as reunification happened, people began to contribute to restore the church. The restoration is happening entirely funded by private contributions. They hope that the church will be ready for the celebration of the 500th year of the city's founding.

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