August the Strong’s magnificent home- destroyed by allied bombing- is recreated in Dresden
When Augustus the Strong’s son married in Dresden in September 1719, the king donned a suit embroidered with gold thread. This weekend, the costume will be among the exhibits to go on display in the opulent, newly reconstructed suite of royal state apartments that were first unveiled 300 years ago as part of the wedding festivities.
The apartments will reopen to the public on 28 September after a multi-year reconstruction. The grandest rooms in the Residential Palace were completely destroyed in Allied bombing during the Second World War. Fortunately, many of the furnishings and even architectural features had been safely stored outside the city, and, like the king’s wedding suit, they have survived.