Hauptstaatsarchiv Dresden

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The memory of the Saxon state in an attractive building Apr 29, 2017
The Saxon State Archive building was erected 1911 - 15 after plans of Ottomar Reichelt and Heinrich Koch. The magazine building has eight floors on a pentagonal ground plan, topped by a huge roof. The main facade is structured by pilasters, an eye-catcher are the prismatically folded windows. All in all the building has an Art Deco look. Inside it is originally preserved, from wrought-iron railings over colourful stained-glass windows to several (reading) rooms with dark wood panelled walls and ceilings.

However, the State Archive is not only worth seeing for the architecture and decoration, it is of course also storage place for very interesting documents. From time to time there are exhibits, but you can also ask for special documents, do your own research. These documents bring regional and European history of more than 1,000 years to life. The oldest documents I saw are from the 13th century, lots of interesting stuff is about Lutheran Reformation, the era of the Saxon-Polish Union in the 18th century e.g. See pictures for examples of an exhibit.

Very interesting was also the visit of the restoration workshop that I got during a guided tour. I thought it was amazing how they dried, cleaned and repaired the damaged documents and books.

Opening hours: Mon, Wed 8.30 - 18 h, Tue, Thu 8.30 - 16 h

Admission: Free
Hauptstaatsarchiv Dresden
Hauptstaatsarchiv Dresden, foyer
Hauptstaatsarchiv Dresden, foyer
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