Brühl’s Terrace, Dresden


Treppe zur Brühl schen Terrasse

Steps to Bruhl’s Terrace. Google Street View

This is older postcard. It’s got the space for a message on the front and an undivided back, so before 1908, but I can do a bit better on the image at least.

First a brief history of the stairs (from WIkipedia because it gives the best summary I’ve so far come across).

After the Saxon defeat at the Battle of Leipzig and the occupation by Russian troops, military governor Prince Nikolai Grigorjevich Repnin-Wolkonski ordered the opening [of the terrace] to the public in 1814. He charged the architect Gottlob Friedrich Thormeyer with the building of a flight of stairs at the western end to reach the terrace from Castle Square and Augustus Bridge. The Brühl Palace was demolished in the course of the building of the Saxon Ständehaus in 1900.

The ensemble was totally destroyed in February 1945 when the city centre was heavily hit by the Allied Bombing of Dresden during the end phase of World War II. Today, it has been rebuilt; the precise amount restored is difficult to say as a percentage, but in general one can say the emsemble looks very much the same today as it did in the past.

If you look at street view or the Wikipedia page, you’ll see this building is to the right of the stairs:


(Sächsisches Ständehaus at sunset, Wikipedia Commons)

The Ständehaus, built 1900-07. But that’s not the building on the right in the postcard. That is this one:


(Dresden Brühlsche Terrasse 1880, Wikipedia Commons)

The Brühl Palace, demolished to make way for the Ständehaus… in 1900.

The only information of quantity I’ve so found about the palace is on German Wikipedia but there are inside pictures.

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