Saturday, May 23, 2009

Sightseeing

Last Thursday was a public holiday here in Germany. I did work on that day, though, and swapped it out for Friday. I then used the opportunity to take my time to drive home (usually, it's a 4 1/2 hours drive) and made a stop in Erfurt, which is pretty much on the way.

The first three pics are still from Dresden, though.

The Frauenkirche (The Lady's church), probably one of the most famous churches in Germany. It had been destroyed during the bombing of Dresden in 1944/45 and only been rebuilt a couple of years ago.

This is the F├╝rstenzug (or, rather, the beginning of it), a larger than life panorama made up of 25.000 tiles and depicts the parade of 35 lords, princes and kings of Saxony, plus 59 followers. It's about 100 years old and is on the side of the castle's stable. Of the people depicted in in I particularly like Friedrich der Gebissene - Friedrich the bitten one.

Another famous place in Dresden is the Zwinger, which looks like a castle, but is rather a museum (or several museums)
If you should have a Second Life account, you can go to the Old Master's Gallery anytime you like. It's is in fact the first museum in the world that has been completely replicated in the virtual world.

In Erfurt I went to see the Dom.

The Dom was founded about 1250 years ago, though it has changed its look several times over the centuries.

The altar was built originally in the 14th century. A bit on the kitch side of things, but still quite impressive.

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