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I’ve put Dresden on the spotlight lately – the last blog post inspired me to further explore this cultural gem that’s proven to be one of Germany’s most popular cities. If you are looking for things to do in Dresden, among its unmissable sights is the Frauenkirche Dresden (Church of Our Lady).
The Frauenkirche Dresden is a Lutheran church and a prime example of Protestant architecture, which once boasted one of the largest stone domes north of the Alps. The Baroque church’s most distinctive feature, the 96-m high sandstone dome called die Steinerne Glocke or “Stone Bell” weighed 12,000 tons. Frederick August I, the Electoral Prince of Saxony who reconverted to Roman Catholicism to become King of Poland, supported the construction of the church just to have an impressive cupola grace the Dresden skyline. The Frauenkirche Dresden was built from 1726 to 1743 and was designed by George Bähr, who unfortunately didn’t live to see it completed.
Following the bombing of Dresden on the night of February 13-14 in 1945, the church was completely destroyed. By the morning of February 15, its dome collapsed and was burned to the ground. The Frauenkirche’s ruins were kept as an anti-war memorial until the reunification of Germany in 1990, when it was finally decided to be reconstructed. Using modern technology, original pieces from the ruins were documented and three-dimensionally assessed with a computer imaging program, to see where they were originally placed and how they fit together. Original materials and plans were used as much as possible during reconstruction, which started in 1994. Funding came from donors around the world and their efforts proved to be very successful as the Dresden Frauenkirche was completed in 2005, a year earlier than originally planned, and in time for the 800-year anniversary of the city of Dresden in 2006.
Today, the Frauenkirche Dresden is a popular destination, having been visited by around seven million tourists since its reconstruction. Will you be in Dresden soon? Find more information about visiting the Frauenkirche here, or let us know your thoughts.