Wackerbarth-Palais

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The Wackerbarth Palace, also known as the Ritterakadamie (German for "Knight's Academy"), was a palace in Dresden, eastern Germany, built between 1723 and 1729, under the supervision of architect J. C. Knöffel. It was one of the several Baroque palaces in Dresden which were destroyed during the allied bombing raids on February 13, 1945. It was named for Christoph August Graf von Wackerbarth, a Saxon Duke and Field Marshal. The palace was situated in the city, north of the River Elbe, at the former Beaumontplatz near Neustädter Markt.

Badly damaged during the allied bombing raids, parts of it were still standing after the war. Reconstruction would have been possible, but it was demolished by the communist regime in 1963. Presently there are no plans for a reconstruction project.

However, a medallion with the image of Saxon King August the Strong, part of the facade ornaments made by famous baroque sculptor Benjamin Thomae, was saved and is now part of the Johannäum.

On the other hand, other palaces in Dresden, such as the Zwinger, Japanisches Palace, Residenzschloss, Taschenberg Palace, Palais Cosel and the Kurländer Palace, all heavily damaged by the allied raids, were reconstructed. Additionally, the Kurländer Palace is under reconstruction as of 2008.

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