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Dresden Taschenberg Palace - Celebrate Love While It Lasts
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Countess Cosel (1680 to 1765), born as Anna Constantia von Brockdorff, is one of the most enigmatic figures in the history of Saxony. With her beauty and charm she conquered the heart of Augustus the Strong. When August der Starke brought her as official mistress to his court in Dresden's Residential Palace, one of the most famous love stories in the history of Saxony began.
In 1711 he had the huge, but light and airy Taschenberg Palace built for her. Not just a 'communicating' door but a whole underground passage and an arched passage connected it with his Royal Palace. However, in the opinion of the court, Anna Constantia interfered too much with politics and encountered strong resistance, especially after Augustus had promised to marry her. And the polish aristocracy tried to supplant the Protestant countess with a Catholic mistress.
Countess Cosel's biggest mistake was to fight against being sacrificed for the Polish Crown. She lost. When Augustus fell in love with Countess Maria Magalena von Denoff (Dönhoff) of Warsaw, Poland, Countess Cosel fell from grace and was banished to Pillnitz Castle. In 1715 she managed to flee to Berlin, Prussia, but was arrested as a state criminal and exchanged for Prussian deserters in 1716. Back in Saxony Augustus exiled his former mistress and mother of three of his children to Stolpen Castle, where she was kept prisoner for the next 49 years until her death even though Augustus himself died 32 years before her in 1733.
The bombing in February 1945 left only some fragments of the walls of the Taschenberg Palace. Today the 1995 rebuilt Taschenbergpalais is a five star hotel.
March 23rd, 2012
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