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What a difference 100 years and 500 meters makes!

Within short walking distance of last week’s photo (Dresden’s Procession of Princes), the no-budget traveler will find this socialist mural on the side of Dresden’s Palace of Culture:

There is perhaps no city in the former East Germany that better exemplifies this historical juxtaposition of styles and cultures than Dresden, where the baroque old city with its blackened sandstone is surrounded by the alternately decayed and modernized concrete block houses of the 1960s.

What cities have you visited where you were struck (architecturally or otherwise) by the cruel march of history?

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No riddles this week, I swear! This photo is fresh off the camera — from Dresden, Germany.

These three dapper gentlemen were spotted on the Procession of Princes wall. If you look closely, you’ll see that the image is actually painted on individual Meissen tiles. Stunningly detailed and quite amazing — but check this:

It’s just a small section of a wall that’s over 100m long! There are more than 25,000 tiles here! And it survived the horrific bombing of Dresden in WWII, which decimated much of the surrounding architecture.

Truly magnificent, no? And 100% free — all in a day of sightseeing for the no-budget traveler. :)

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