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The historic gardens of Saxony-Anhalt

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UOur world has become smaller, for quite a few it only includes our own home. But you can get the most beautiful parks in them: with the illustrated book “Passion for Beauty – Garden Dreams in Saxony-Anhalt”, edited by Christian Juranek and photographed by Janos Stekovics. It is an important matter in every respect: more than two kilos and full of horticultural cultural sites, forty-nine in total.

Few of them are as famous as the Wörlitzer Park or the other six components of the Dessau-Wörlitz garden kingdom, which is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. But the Ballenstedt castle park south of Quedlinburg or the Schönhausen manor park on the Elbe are just as great in terms of splendor as they are of cultural importance. They are only smaller and therefore less famous.

Many parks are ignored today

The book, published by the Hungarian photographer Janos Stekovics, shows in its diversity a fascinating facet of the wealth of historical sites in a landscape that in this regard is only behind Italy in Europe, as Harald Meller, the state archaeologist of Saxony-Anhalt, has found.

The Gothic House in Wörlitz.



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The large number of palaces and monasteries has given rise to a number of large gardens since the Middle Ages, but especially during the Baroque era, when parks became the epitome of a rational and aesthetic approach to nature should serve. Due to the rededication of former feudal seats in cultural centers or for other social use, numerous of these parks were preserved in the GDR, albeit rarely true to the original. After 1990, however, many could be restored. Some, however, are still in a deep sleep.

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