Friedrich August I, Der Starke

The statue, known as ‘The Golden Horseman” is placed at the foot of the Augustbridge over the Elbe in Dresden.

A blacksmith, Louis Wiedermann, moulded the statue in 1733 by layering heated copper over an iron frame and covering it in gold plate. It was too heavy to be placed on the bridge, so a base was made in 1735 and the statue unveiled one year later. The statue was dismantled in 1944 and hidden in cave escaping war damage and replaced in 1956.

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