Sometimes my quest for Art Nouveau, in combination with Dragons, brings me to rather queer places.
In Germany you can find the 'Siebengebergte'. One of these seven mountains is called: 'Drachenfels' (dragons rock).
Halfway the top there is a temple-like building in late Jugendstil style. This is the 'Nibelungenhalle'.
It has been built in 1913 and is devoted to the composer Richard Wagner, whose work was very popular in de Jugendstil/Art Nouveau period.
Hermann Hendrich was the painter of the many works here exposed, that refer to Wagner's operas's. Many of them are affected by leaking water caused by overdue maintenance.
To avoid misinterpretations; there are several swastika's applied in the building, but just as a symbol for the 'sunwheel', they have nothing to do with the later Nazi symbol.
Besides that, there are many symbols applied that refer to old Northern Mythology, saga's and legends.
The subjects of Wagner's opera's.
There's also a 'Scherrebek' tapesty. It shows the three Godesses of 'fate' under the Ygdrasyll tree.
Behind the building, there is a garden with a great dragon, made of stone, and a little zoo with mainly all sorts of reptiles and some other creepy creatures.
I must admit that this is a very peculiar place to be
come along if you like it!