Gabriel Tzschimmer, 1680, Town archive
Southside-View, copper engraving 1678, from Löffler 1966
The “Pulverturm” was built 1565 when Dresdens citywalls got completed. The “Pulverturm” was for Dresden one of the most importent building, like you can see in a lot of pictures.
In 1744 the “Pulverturm” got completely destroyed – only the walls which you still can see today where left. Friedrich August II., the King of Saxonia, gave Johann Christoph Knoeffel the land behind the “Frauenkirche” as a gift. He did build there two houses, one of the houses was at this time the porcelain-manufactory.
When Dresden got shut in the year 1760, both of those buildings got completely destroyed. The rebuilding of those buildings would have cost at this time 40,000 talers.
In the year 1763 one son of the mistress Cosel and August the Strong bought the land where he did let built from a student from Knoeffel the “Coselpalais” like you can see it today.
The “Coselpalais” is in the centre of the old part of Dresden right beside the “Frauenkirche” and the “Brühlsche Terrasse” which is called the balcony of Dresden.
In the cellar of the “Coselpalais” you can see the old foundation of the “Pulverturm” and one cellar of a Knoeffel building from the 18th century.
To maintain the diversified history of an important military complex of Dresden we integrated in the restaurant “Pulverturm” a russian-, turkey-, swedish- and “Marschall-de-Saxe”-cellar, complete with historic accommodations.
In the original walls of the “Pulverturm” you can eat saxonian food and the delicious suckling pig, and in the cellar you can eat national food. But don’t forget our wineroom where you can drink a lot of saxonian wines and eat fresh cheese from our cheesewheel.
Die Fortress Dresden
with Wall und Piatta Forma
From: D. Wintzenberger, „Kriegesordnung zu Roß und zu Fuß sampt der Artelerey“, Dresden 1594.