Everywhere else, the mark of the houseproud city is its recently renovated façades, its impeccable paving and state-of-the-art grouting. Each polished brick, every chemically treated slab of stone, is a testament to civic pride.
In Dresden, on the other hand, courses of polished stone are proudly dotted with stained and soot-covered bricks. These are the bricks salvaged from the city’s original buildings. Your eye scans each edifice, performing a quick calculation of the percentage of darkness to light, and rejoices at the slightest evidence of ancient grunge.