India meets Saxony

In the 18th century, Saxony, like many other countries, looked to the East for inspiration. China and Japan held the biggest fascination and both countries had a strong influence on architecture and art. Pillnitz Palace at the outskirts of Dresden, later the summer residence of the Saxon kings, was erected entirely in the “Chinoiserie” style while the Japanese Palace in Dresden, built to house the vast porcelain collection of the Saxon rulers, received a distinctive pagoda roof, like some other buildings. It is no coincidence that the European porcelain was invented in Dresden in 1708. But India was also in the focus, and has remained there until today.

Where Aurangzeb still rules

The Green Vault treasury museum is the world’s oldest public museum and owes some of its best exhibits to India

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Netaji’s dream

Subhas Chandra Bose had his Free India Legion trained in the Saxon town of Königsbrück near Dresden during World War II

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Wise old man from the East

Rabindranath Tagore’s books were published in Leipzig and he thrilled Saxon audience and readers on his visits to Germany after World War I

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A man on a mission

Bartholomäus Ziegenbalg was the first Protestant missionary and translated the bible into Tamil in Tarangambadi

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The Maharaja’s gardener

Even though the famous gardener Gustav Hermann Krumbiegel spent most of his life in India, he never lost his thick Saxon accent

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