Dresden was first mentioned at the beginning of the 13th century and in the 15th century was the Residence of the Wettines. During the period of Augustus the Strong and Augustus III (1670-1763) Dresden developed from being a small town to becoming a European capital city and magnificent Baroque Residence. Frederick Boettger manufactured white porcelain in 1709 at the court of Augustus the Strong. In February 1945 bombings caused large scale devastation. Most historical buildings have beanw-hile been reconstructed.
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