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Dresden, Germany | by Yen Baet
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Dresden, Germany

The promenade of Dresden including the dome of Frauenkirche and the Hofkirche, seen from across the Elbe river, taken at blue hour.


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.


I have thoroughly enjoyed my brief stay in this city. It probably has impressed me the most among all the cities I've seen in Germany so far, architecturally speaking. Just the fact that 90 percent of it has been ruined during the war without appearing so in its present-day state is remarkable. It's like the legendary phoenix rising out of its ashes.


Obviously I would have preferred calmer waters, and although I don't remember it to be a particularly windy night, there was a barge and a couple of speedboats that ruined the mirror-like reflections for me. To get closer to the subject, I went into the water ankle-deep with my tripod to take this shot.


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Update: This image is my first published photograph. Details here.

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Taken on August 20, 2009