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thinking – new forms

»In my time, in the 16th century that is, the spirit of Renaissance came to take hold of Saxony. The Dark Ages gave way to the dawn of discoveries and to newly gained knowledge. We, the princes, supported the arts and sciences and took care of the development of trade and crafts. We did not want to carry on living in the tight, uncomfortable castles of our forefathers. So we had residential palaces redesigned Torgau and Dresden. With their richly decorated façades, long rows of windows, artfully designed spiral staircases, new castle chapels and representative flights





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of rooms, they raised admiration throughout Europe. In fact, I myself contributed to the latter with my Cabinet


of Artifacts and Curiosities, in which I collected anything precious or rare in the world that I could lay my hands on or that was given to me – from a unicorn to mineral specimens to precious items and paintings – and presented them to my awestruck visitors. Many of my successors became addicted to collecting, too, some even worse than me. I also had the old castles in Freiberg, Nossen and Colditz converted into representative castles with splendidly decorated portals, widely stepped gables and large halls. State-of-the-art fortifications in Italian and Dutch style with cannon-armed battlements and safe casemates were built in

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Dresden and Leipzig for the defense of the towns. The Koenigstein Mountain in the Elbe Sandstone Mountains was extended to become an unconquerable state fortress. And with Augustusburg Castle in the Ore Mountains, I left a truly impressive edifice.«

Elector Augustus (1526 –1586)


Old splendor in new glory  

Die bekanntesten der sächsischen Schlösser, Burgen und Gärten in Wort und Bild - eine Broschüre des Schlösserland Sachsen - die englische A...