Tuesday, 21 April 2015

The Tobacco Mosque

The wonderful opulence of what was the Yenidze Cigarette Factory in Dresden built (1907-1909) for Hugo Zietz who was the biggest cigarette manufacturer in Germany at the time.  He wanted to built something that resembled a mosque and looked different to anything else in Dresden.  It was both a building and a marketing masterpiece.  My sender, Eliska, tells me it has 600 windows of different styles and today it is an office building.

There is a history and a closer view of  the lavish exterior here with interior views of today's office space. The dome is 20m high within which there are regular readings of fairy tales, given perhaps by a modern day Scheherazade.

The card came appropriately with a stamp of a pleasure palace,
2015: Schlösser
the Schloss Ludwigslust in Northern Germany (built 1772-1776)  which was both hunting lodge and a summer residence of Duke Frederick of Mecklenburg-Schwerin.  The stamp designer is Nicole Elsenbach

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