Yenidze and City Skyline of Dresden

 Date: 01-May-2021Category:

Dresden Sykline at Night

City skyline towers of Dresden

It's been pretty much exactly ten years now that we took this image from our hometown. Instead of the usual classic city skyline view from the bridge (Carolabrücke) which crosses the river Elbe, we aimed for a rather seldom-seen perspective far away from any tourist attractions. Although, currently maybe it is not that "seldom-seen" since there are posters and advertising bills all across town showing this image. The city's marketing bought it from us a couple of months ago to promote Europe's largest cultural congress CultureInvest! which will take place in Dresden from November 10th to 12th, 2021 (-> link).

The image was shot with a telephoto lens to help compress the scenery, bringing the city's Baroque towers in the background much closer to the oriental style building in the foreground. In fact they are quite far apart, e.g. the church dome (Frauenkirche) is located 1 km to the southeast.
The erection of factory chimneys was not allowed anywhere near downtown back in the early 20th century when the Yenidze was built (1907-1909). That's why a clever business man disguised his tobacco and cigarette factory as a mosque and why the chimney resembles a minaret. If you are interested in reading more about its unusual architecture, here is a link.
In the meantime the Yenidze turned into an office building and there is a restaurant right under its glass dome with live music performances, storytelling events for kids, etc. The view of skyline of Dresden when enjoying a beer at the "Yenidze Biergarten" on the flat roof below the dome isn't too bad either.

Image data:
25 s at f/13, ISO 100; Canon 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM at 390 mm, Canon EOS 5D Mark II