Baroque Gardens of Wörlitz

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Built from 1764 until shortly after 1800, the Wörlitz Garden with an extent of 277 acres (112 ha) is not only one the largest but also one of the earliest and most distinguished landscape parks of Continental Europe.

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."
aloneinthecrowd says:
Ja, das ist es wirklich. Ich hab noch mehr Fotos. Vielleicht sollte ich den Blog noch mal "wiederbeleben" ;)
Posted on: Oct 25, 2011
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