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Frauenkirche - Church of Our Lady Apr 02, 2017
Without any doubt it is one of the most important buildings for Dresden, it is *the* landmark in the silhouette of the city.

The church was built in early 18th century (architect George Bähr) in Baroque style. It was one of Germany's - if not Europe's - most important protestant churches and had the hugest cupola made completely of (sand)stone north of the Alps (height 95 m). In 1945 it was destroyed in the air raid (it burnt out and collapsed two days later). The ruins were a memorial for the victims of the air raid and WWII in general.

After the wall came down the idea came up to rebuild the church. Donations from all over the world made it possible to raise enough money to let this dream come true. On 30 October 2005 the Frauenkirche was reconsecrated.

The church is open for visitors every day (free, little donation welcome) except when services, concerts or rehearsals are going on. To enjoy the view from the dome's top you have to pay 8 Euro (seniors 5 Euro). Services at noon and at 6 pm almost daily, usually with organ play. Very often first rate concerts take place in the Frauenkirche - have been to many and was rarely disappointed (note that the acoustics are tricky - the church was built for Baroque music, of course, and romantic era music for big orchestra might come out as less than optimal if the conductor isn't up to the task).

Highlights of the interior are the stunning altar by Johann Christian Feige (mostly original, only few pieces had to be recreated), the frescos at the ceiling (originally by Giovanni Battista Grone, Italy, and re-painted by Prof. Wetzel, Dresden). The organ is a masterpiece by Daniel Kern and his workshop (Strasbourg), in the tradition of Gottfried Silbermann, who had built the original organ (destroyed in the fire 1945). And ... simply take in the ambience, the architecture, listen to the organ ...

Don't miss to visit the underchurch - room of silence - where you can see original pieces of gravestones found during the reconstruction. You can see the epitaph of the architect George Bähr e.g., a beautiful modern/new altar and the list of donators who made the reconstruction possible.
altar and organ
the inner dome
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vicIII says:
Ingo, I also enjoy visiting such fabulous places... Thanks for sharing your visit memories...
Posted on: Apr 10, 2017
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