Photographer's Note

The Golden Rider (Goldener Reiter), a gilded equestrian statue of Augustus the Strong is one of Dresden's best known landmarks.
The life-size statue, showing the Elector of Saxony and King of Poland, was designed by the French court sculptor Jean Joseph Vinanche and cast in 1734 by Ludwig Wiedemann, a smith from Augsburg. During the Second World War, the statue was stored in an underground cave in Pillnitz and erected again in 1956 at Dresden Neustadt.

Augustus the Strong commisioned several of the city's famous baroque buildings, including the Zwinger. During his reign Dresden became an important cultural center, nicknamed Florence at the Elbe.

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