Catholic Cathedral Ss. Trinitati

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Catholic Cathedral - Katholische Hofkirche Apr 02, 2017
The catholic cathedral, also called "Katholische Hofkirche", is the largest church in Saxony. It was built 1739 - 1751 by Gaetano Chiaveri as the latest masterpiece of Roman Baroque in Europe. The tall, graceful tower is one of Dresden's landmarks.

As you may know, Saxony is the birthplace of Lutheran Reformation. However, when Elector Prince Augustus the Strong wanted to become King of Poland, he had to convert to Catholizism. Result was the need of a place for catholic mass at the Electoral court. At first a small chapel in the Royal Comedy Theatre was sufficient for catholic mass, but when his son took over as Polish King August III (he was married to *very* catholic Maria Josepha, daughter of the Habsburg Emperor!) he gave order to build an impressive Catholic church, a true competition for the famous Lutheran Frauenkirche that's only 200 m distance away. And indeed, with the exterior all made of sandstone, the 78 large sandstone figures of saints on the facades and the roof, works of excellent sculptor Lorenzo Mattielli and his co-workers, and especially the landmark tower, the cathedral is a jewel in the silhouette of Dresden's old town.

Inside it's more early classicistic style than Baroque. Have a closer look at Balthasar Permoser's Baroque pulpit (relocated from the previous chapel), the fantastic altar painting by Anton Raphael Mengs (Ascension of Jesus Christ, 1752 - 65) and the organ by Gottfried Silbermann - his latest work. Well worth seeing are also the chapels at the four corners with stucco marble and beautiful paintings (Stefano Torelli, Louis de Silvestre, Franz Karl Palko). The sacrament's chapel was restored originally after the destruction in WWII. Very interesting and moving is the memorial chapel (former John Nepomuk chapel). The altar and the pieta were made of Meissen porcelain by Friedrich Press in 1973. High on the side walls you can read the words of the last prayer prior to the fateful night of 13 February 1945 (the bombing). Almost prophetic.

Don't miss a guided tour of the burial vault with tombs of the Saxon Kings. You'll see the caskets of the Saxon Royals and the urn with the heart of Augustus the Strong, who (as Polish King) was put to rest at the Wawel in Krakow.

Every Wednesday and Saturday free organ recital 11.30 - 12.00 am.


Mon-Thu 9 - 17 h

Fri 13-17 h

Sat 10 - 17 h

Sun 12 - 16 h
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Hi Ingo, you've been very busy here, I see -- already 121 reviews on TravBuddy! I'm a member here, but haven't posted anything, since I am busy setting up my own website
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