August II the Strong

You’ve probably already “met” him: Everyone knows the Golden Horseman near the Augustus Bridge depicting August II on horseback. He is certainly one of the most famous Saxons and the shiny representation of his person reflects his ambitions for Dresden. He wanted it to be the cultural center and most beautiful city of all of Saxony – and beyond. August II was called “the Strong” because of his great physical strength and numerous offspring. It has been reported that he was able to break horseshoes with his bare hands. We can’t be sure that this was true – monarchs are […]

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