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In pictures: Green Vault riches

The Jewel Room at the Green Vault exhibition in Dresden.

The Green Vault - one of Europe's finest treasure collections - is reopening in Dresden, after 68 years. It was amassed by Augustus the Strong, the 18th-Century Prince of Saxony.

Moor with emerald cluster, added to the Green Vault collection in 1724.

This stunning sculpture of a Moor, bearing a chunk of emerald ore brought back from Latin America, was crafted in the Baroque workshops of 1720s Dresden.

A woman looks at precious objects in the Jewel Room of the Green Vault.

More than 3,000 works of art and precious stones, including the ceremonial jewellery of the House of Saxony, are displayed at Dresden's Royal Palace.

Amber goblet.          Photo: Dresden State Art Collections

The treasures, including this amber goblet, are exhibited in nine rooms, each devoted to a particular precious material. Photo: Dresden State Art Collections.

The Gilt Silver room, Dresden State Art Collections.

The Green Vault is said to have been Europe's first museum with paying guests. Visiting nobility would pay a ducat to admire the collection. Photo: Dresden State Art Collections.

The Ivory Room.          Photo: Dresden State Art Collections.

In World War II the collection escaped destruction - it was stored in a nearby fortress. After the war the Red Army took it to Moscow. Photo: Dresden State Art Collections.

The Gem Hall, Dresden State Art Collections.

The treasure trove was sent back in 1958 and some of it was later displayed. Only now has it been restored to its full splendour. Photo: Dresden State Art Collections.

Gem Hall, Dresden State Art Collections.

The focal point of the exhibition is the Gem Hall, with its ornate walls. The magical effect is enhanced by mirrors, lamps and glittering marble. Photo: Dresden State Art Collections.

White Silver Room with view into Gilt Silver Room,  Dresden State Art Collections.

The Green Vault has been officially inaugurated and opens to the public on 15 September. Photo: Dresden State Art Collections.




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