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Goldener Reiter(Dresden)

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The copper statue shows the Saxon Elector and Polish King August der Starke riding east towards his kingdom Poland. Because of this monument, August der Starke became the patron of the rebuilding of the Altendresden district of the city, which burned down in 1685, as the New Royal City, which is now known as the district Neustadt. The Goldener Reiter as one of the landmarks of Dresden was presented to the public at the Neustadt Market on November 26, 1736. The original location should have been on the Augustus Bridge, but this idea could not be pursued because the statue simply carried too much weight and therefore could not be placed there.
Augustus the Strong commissioned his own equestrian statue himself, which is actually taller than he was in real life, but he died in Poland a year before the opening and his son completed the work he had begun. The Latin inscription, which is on the pedestal, means:
"Friedrich August I.
Duke of Saxony, Elector and Archmarshal of the Holy Roman Empire, King of Poland.
Empire, King of Poland.
August II"
The Goldene Reiter is freely accessible and represented as a landmark of Dresden throughout the whole city. For example, it is the seal of quality for Christmas stollen of Dresden or represents with its name the prize of the Dresden Film Festival. Since 1989, the festival has been awarding prizes mainly to short and animated films shown to a large audience.

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