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"Frauenkirche" Frauenkirche - Church of Our Lady Tip by sabsi

  Frauenkirche, Dresden
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      Frauenkirche, Dresden
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  • One part of the old dome of Frauenkirche, Dresden - Dresden
      One part of the old dome of Frauenkirche, Dresden
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      Frauenkirche Entrance, Dresden
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  • Frauenkirche from the other side of the river - Dresden
      Frauenkirche from the other side of the river
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  • The whole Frauenkirche - Dresden
      The whole Frauenkirche
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The evening of 13 February 1945. During the whole 2nd world war life was pretty safe in Dresden. It's carnival night and people are celebrating. The first bomb is dropped on the city of Dresden shortly after 10pm. Approximately 750 more follow that night and the following morning. When the people come out of the bunkers the only building still standing between all the rubble and ruins is the Frauenkirche. The fire storm killed about 25,000 people that night. In the morning of the 15 February the dome of the Frauenkirche collapses. Shortly afterwards the whole building crashes down.

The ruins of the church were always a symbol for peace. They were acting as a memorial in the middle of Dresden's old town. After reunification it didn't take long until the plan came up to rebuild the church. Money was collected and building started. The Frauenkirche became a symbol for reconciliation: Many British and American people helped by giving money. The son of a British bomber pilot - a goldsmith from Coventry - even built the cross on top of the church.

The church was opened in autumn 2005 and ever since it is a big tourist attraction. Tickets for concerts in the church are hard to get. On some days you have to queue to just get in.

Anyway, it's hard to imagine the Dresden skyline without the dome of Frauenkirche. Even though it's not the most beautiful church I've ever seen and it looks a bit strange with its mixture of old and new stones used it's great to see that it's back. For me it's more a symbol than a church!

Address: An der Frauenkirche
Directions: The church stands in the middle of the old town. From the river just walk through Münzgasse and you are there. The square around it is a big building site at the moment as the buildings around it are being reconstructed now.
Phone: 0351-656 06 100

Review Helpfulness: 4 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Jun 7, 2006
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