Meet king Augustus the Strong in person
The coronation figure of Augustus the Strong dressed in the Roman-style coronation regalia, wearing the insignia from the Dresden Rüstkammer (Armoury) and fitted with a life mask taken from the former ruler is one of the exhibits that can be seen in the reconstructed apartments at the Residenzschloss (Royal Palace) Dresden since the end of September. These five chambers with adjoining rooms were built on the occasion of Europe’s probably biggest wedding of the kings son Friedrich August and the emperor’s daughter Maria Josepha in 1719. During Second World War the castle burnt almost completely and was left as a ruin for decades. The reconstruction now lasts for 33 years and is still not completed. The 300th anniversary of the weeding offers the convenient setting for the opening of the Royal State Apartments.
The luxurious suite of rooms includ a banqueting hall, two antechambers, the Audience Chamber with the throne and the State Bedroom, where informal audiences took place. Original exhibits as the gilt silver furnishings from Augsburg, numerous paintings from the Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister (Old Masters Picture Gallery), valuable mirror frames and the gold pilasters from the Audience Chamber testify to the original appearance of the rooms. Unique and important works of the Meissen Porcelain Manufactory find their new place at the Tower Room. The state robes of Augustus the Strong, which have been preserved in the Rüstkammer (Armoury), are a world-renowned treasure-store of Baroque textile art.
Thanks to a great deal of hard work, expense and professional expertise, as well as supreme craftsmanship, it has been possible to recreate a structural work of art that provides an authentic experience of the former magnificence.