Grosssedlitz Baroque Garden near Pirna and Heidenau is one of the most remarkable gardens in Germany. After the Imperial Count August Christoph von Wackerbarth had built Frederick’s Little Palace as a retirement home in 1719, it was sold shortly afterwards to Augustus the Strong. Augustus had the baroque garden completely redesigned – and even drew some of the sketches himself. He wanted to create Saxony’s answer to the Palace of Versailles. But due to an acute lack of funds at the court of Dresden, which had otherwise spent without restraint, Grosssedlitz sadly remained unfinished. Nevertheless, all 12 hectares of the magnificent park continue to amaze guests to this day. The enchanting charm of the 'Versailles of Saxony' is exuded by two orangeries, water features and around 60 sculptures. The grounds are particularly impressive in summer, when the park bathes in the blossom of orange trees and other exotic plants.References:
The Amphitheatre of the Three Gauls was part of the federal sanctuary of the three Gauls dedicated to the cult of Rome and Augustus celebrated by the 60 Gallic tribes when they gathered at Lugdunum (Lyon). The amphitheatre was built at the foot of the La Croix-Rousse hill at what was then the confluence of the Rhône and Saône.
Excavations have revealed a basement of three elliptical walls linked by cross-walls and a channel surrounding the oval central arena. The arena was slightly sloped, with the building"s south part supported by a now-vanished vault. The arena"s dimensions are 67,6m by 42m. This phase of the amphitheatre housed games which accompanied the imperial cult, with its low capacity (1,800 seats) being enough for delegations from the 60 Gallic tribes.
The amphitheatre was expanded at the start of the 2nd century. Two galleries were added around the old amphitheatre, raising its width from 25 metres to 105 metres and its capacity to about 20,000 seats. In so doing it made it a building open to the whole population of Lugdunum and its environs.