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Zacharias Longuelune

1669 Paris – 1748 Dresden

The architect, painter and draughtsman, Zacharias Longuelune, studied under Antoine Lepautre in Paris. From 1696 he worked as an architect at the court of Friedrich Wilhelm I in Berlin. Following a journey to Italy in 1710 Longuelune decided in 1715 to enter the service of Friedrich August I in Dresden, where he made a name for himself as an architect, decorator and festival designer at the court of the Elector of Saxony. In 1728 he was appointed senior master builder, in which capacity he produced numerous designs for royal buildings in Dresden and Warsaw, including the Riverside Palace at Pillnitz Castle, the Catholic Court Church and Brühl Palace, most of which were never built.