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The Zwinger is a complex of buildings, pavilions and galleries ringing a vast quadrangle garden adorned with statuary, fountain pools, greenery and walkways. This hemmed in courtyard was sometimes used for lavish festivals, complete with music and fireworks. Visitors from throughout Germany would attend.

History in brief

The Zwinger was built in the early 1700s by Augustus the Strong, the ruler of Saxony and Poland.

The buildings in this German city were severely bombed in World War II and long lay in ruins.

Today, the Zwinger has been reconstructed. The priceless artwork was saved because it was removed and stored in secure locations before the Allied air raids over Germany.

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