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The Zwinger Palace and Art gallery: photo description (Zwinger)

In the centre of the Old town is a unique structure - the Zwinger. The construction of this Palace started in the beginning of XVIII century when elector Friedrich August I. In 1710 by the architect Poppelmann built the French pavilion, the Baths of the nymphs, Longitudinal gallery, etc. By the end of 1728 appear the Bell, Porcelain and German pavilions. The construction of the Zwinger ended with the death of Friedrich August I (August the Strong) in 1733.

Soon the building of the Zwinger was used for other purposes, now here is kept the precious collections of the electors. The founder of the art gallery is considered to be Friedrich August II, son of August the Strong. In his possession were purchased and brought to Dresden the whole collection of paintings, including in 1754 a valuable work - “the Sistine Madonna” by Raphael.

The Zwinger is considered one of the most interesting and significant buildings, built in the late Baroque style in Europe. In 1855, Gottfried Semper completed the construction of the Zwinger construction of the building of the picture gallery in the Italian Renaissance style. Today it is a treasure - trove that keeps a unique collection of world-famous art gallery of Old Masters, Armoury, porcelain collection. There are also the Zoological Museum and the mathematical-physical salon.