“Florence on the Elbe” was Dresden’s nickname; for its setting on the Elbe River, its beauty, its art museums, and it’s wealth as the Saxony’s principal city.

The Philharmonic performed in the Semper Opera House, the landmark of this city which was destroyed in the Second World War.  The center of the city has been nearly rebuilt to its former beauty since the unification of Germany.  The most striking example is the Church of our Lady, Dresden’s oldest Church which until 1990 was a pile of stones with weeds growing out of the rubble.

 

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