Baroque Gardens of Wörlitz
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May 3rd, 2008 – by: aloneinthecrowd
After his first journey to England Prince Leopold III Friedrich Franz of Anhalt-Dessau (born in 1740 in Dessau; dead in 1817 at Luisium Palace) decided to design this landscape park. Further influences came from trips to Italy, France, Switzerland and the Netherlands.
In 1778 the 29-year-old Johann Wolfgang von Goethe wrote to Baroness von Stein about the "new" he found all around him in the Wörlitz Park:
"It is now endlessly beautiful here. As we wandered among the lakes, canals and forests yesterday evening, I was deeply moved by the way in which the gods had allowed the Prince to create all around him a dream. When one strolls through it, it is like the telling of a fairy tale; it has the character of the Elysian Fields. In the gentlest diversity one flows into the other; no elevation draws the eye and the longing to one single point; one wanders around neither asking where one came from nor where one was going. The vegetation is in its most beautiful May and the ensemble describes the purest loveliness."
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