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Dresden - Historic Old Town

Dresden - Historic Old Town

The capital of the Free State of Saxony in Germany, Dresden is situated in the valley on the river Elbe. It was completely destroyed by the Royal Air Force and US Army Air Force during WW II. The impact of the bombing and 40 years of urban development have considerably changed the face of the city. Some restoration work has helped to reconstruct parts of historic inner city, including the structures you see in this photo.

Dresden obtained UNESCO World Heritage status in 2004 and was placed on the list of endangered World Heritage sites in 2007. In 2009, Dresden had its status as UNESCO World Heritage formally removed after building a controversial highway bridge across the site.