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Moritzburg Castle: from a Hunting Lodge to a Baroque Castle

Moritzburg wasoriginally a hunting lodge, built in the Renaissance style for Elector Moritzvon Sachsen from the Wettin dynasty of the XVI century. In the XVIII century, thenew owner of the house, Elector Augustus the Strong, turned it in a Baroquechateau with a park in the French style leading to an English garden. The yellowwalls, red tile roof, vases and sculptures at the entrance are not inferior tothe interiors. The interiors include leather wallpaper, paintings of theancient hunting goddess Diana, portraits of the Wettin dynasty, huntingtrophies on the walls, Japanese, Chinese, Meissen porcelain.

Two vases, whichElector Augustus received from the King of Prussia in exchange for a dragoonregiment, are among other things kept at Moritzburg Castle. The world’s largestantlers, spanning 2 meters, are also kept at this castle! One of the mostluxurious halls at Moritzburg is the Feather Room with its walls decorated witha canopy with a million feathers of peacocks and pheasants woven into it.Initially, the canopy decorated the bed of Augustus the Strong in his palace inDresden. Under the next owners, a smaller residence - a little pheasant castle -wasbuilt near Moritzburg. Besides, the sculptural complex the Well of Venus and anartificial lake with a lighthouse were added. Today, the magnificent decorationof Moritzburg and its park are available for viewing. The stud farm, a memberof the September annual parade of horses in Moritzburg, created severalcenturies ago, works until now.

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