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VIA REGIA – Cultural Route – THE cultural route through Europe

VIA REGIA – Cultural Route – THE cultural route through Europe

For over 2,000 years, the VIA REGIA has been the oldest and longest road link between Eastern and Western Europe. At around 4500 km and starting in Kiev, it passes through eight countries on its way to Santiago de Compostela. The German section of the route runs for approximately 600 km from the Rhine river through Frankfurt , Fulda, Eisenach, Naumburg, Leipzig and Bautzen to Görlitz.

Kings were not the only ones attracted to this medieval trade route: traders carried their wares along it, the military used it and in the medieval period, pilgrims followed it across the Western World to the Spanish pilgrimage site of Santiago de Compostela.

The trade route

The route was of great economic significance to cross-regional trade and the exchange of goods. Flanders cloth was transported from the West and wood, furs, wax and honey from the East, whilst the central regions transported dyer's woad (a plant used for dye) from the Thuringian Basin and mining products from Upper Saxony. The route also linked the two great trade fair cities of Frankfurt am Main and Leipzig in Saxony.

A military route

The route was also used by armies, and so large battles also took place around it, for example two decisive battles during the Thirty Years' War in 1631 and 1642 at Breitenfeld near Leipzig. The death march from Adlerwerke concentration camp in Frankfurt to Buchenwald concentration camp also travelled along the VIA REGIA in March 1945.

Movement, meetings and meditation

Numerous pilgrims taking part in the Aachen Pilgrimage also used the highway as a pilgrimage route. The VIA REGIA, an exquisite and fascinating treasure trove of European cultural history, remains a route of cultural dialogue and communication to this day. Since the fall of the Berlin Wall in the autumn of 1989, the German part of the route has amounted to about 600 km and now as then, the cities located either side of it have blossomed into a breathtaking tourist belt that serves as a treasure trove of Europe's past.

Via Regia

Length: approximately 4500 km

Theme: culture and encounters

Highlights:
Bautzen: castle, ecclesiastical buildings
Eisenach: Luther city, Wartburg Castle
Erfurt: Augustinian abbey, Merchant's Bridge (Krämerbrücke)
Frankfurt: Römer town hall, skyline, Main river
Fulda: cathedral, palace, abbey
Görlitz: Europe city
Leipzig: trade fair city, Battle of Leipzig memorial
Naumburg: cathedral, museums

www.via-regia.org

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What was only a ruin after World War II rose anew between 1993 and 2005 thanks to donations from all over the world. Today, as in old times, it represents the perfection of church construction according to Luther’s ideals. After its renewed consecration the Church of Our Lady in Dresden (Frauenkirche) once more took its place as top class musical venue. Naturally, music events taking place throughout the anniversary year 2017 will focus on the Reformation as well. Therefore, the Frauenkirche has invited prominent artists and even asked the composer Jörg Herchet to write a new composition basing on a famous hymn of thanksgiving by Martin Luther that will première on 24 June.

Further information: www.frauenkirche-dresden.de/en/music/

Upcoming dates:

01.01.2017 - 27.12.2017

Venue

Frauenkirche Dresden
Neumarkt
01067 Dresden
Fon: +49 (0) 351 65606701
Fax: +49 (0) 351 65606108
fuehrungen@frauenkirche-dresden.de
www.frauenkirche-dresden.de

Organiser

Stiftung Frauenkirche
Fon: +49 (0) 351 65606100
Fax: +49 (0) 351 65606108
fuehrungen@frauenkirche-dresden.de

All information on prices, dates and opening times are subject to change without notice.

In 2017, the year of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, a further section of the Renaissance wing will be opened: the east and north wing of the first floor will, for the first time, become home to the world’s largest collection of ceremonial weapons and costumes from the Reformation and early Baroque periods.

These embodied the claim to power of the electors of Saxony and the doctrinal principles of the Reformation, and they are among the oldest objects in the Rüstkammer.Ornate weapons, horse trappings, textiles and portraits of princes will illustrate the development of the House of Wettin from the acquisition of the Saxon electoral privilege by Friedrich the Pugnacious in 1423 up to the winning of the electorship for the Albertine line of the House of Wettin by Duke Moritz of Saxony in 1547, and through the reign of his brother August.

Further information: www.skd.museum/en/museums-institutions/residenzschloss/ruestkammer/on-the-way-to-electoral-power

Upcoming dates:

09.04.2017 - 31.12.2017

Venue

Residenzschloss Dresden
Taschenberg 2
01067 Dresden
Fon: +49 (0) 351 49142000
Fax: +49 (0) 351 49142001
besucherservice@skd.museum
www.skd.museum

Organiser

Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden
Taschenberg 2
01067 Dresden
Fon: +49 (0) 351 49142000
Fax: +49 (0) 351 49142001
besucherservice@skd.museum
http://www.skd.museum/

All information on prices, dates and opening times are subject to change without notice.

Original costumes held in the Rüstkammer that were worn by the electors of Saxony in the period from about 1550 to 1650 illustrate the luxurious princely fashions of the Renaissance and early Baroque, such as are otherwise seen only on portraits of the great rulers of that era.

Owing to their certain provenance, the outstanding craftsmanship and artistic quality of the textiles, their value as an ensemble, their dynastic importance, their international character, their period and their impressive state of preservation, the stately garments preserved in Dresden are ranked as a significant element of European cultural heritage under the category “Renaissance and early Baroque fashion and textile art”.

Further information: www.skd.museum/en/museums-institutions/residenzschloss/ruestkammer/the-electoral-warderobe/

Upcoming dates:

09.04.2017 - 31.12.2017

Venue

Residenzschloss Dresden
Taschenberg 2
01067 Dresden
Fon: +49 (0) 351 49142000
Fax: +49 (0) 351 49142001
besucherservice@skd.museum
www.skd.museum

Organiser

Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden
Taschenberg 2
01067 Dresden
Fon: +49 (0) 351 49142000
Fax: +49 (0) 351 49142001
besucherservice@skd.museum
http://www.skd.museum/

All information on prices, dates and opening times are subject to change without notice.

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