Dresden

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Dresden is a city of eastern Germany and capital of the Land (federal State) of Sachsen (Saxony). It has a population of 508,000.

Historically, it was the capital of the Electorate, later Kingdom of Saxony, and was endowed with a great wealth of baroque buildings and townscape, and many museums and galleries. Much of this was destroyed between the 13th and 15th February 1945 when the city was repeatedly bombed by the Royal Air Force and United States Air Force. The bombing of Dresden is perhaps the most controversial episode in the history of aerial bombardment of Germany during the Second World War Following the war Dresden was part of the Soviet Zone of occupied Germany, and subsequently the German Democratic Republic, until reunification in 1990.

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