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"The Frauenkirche" Frauenkirche - Church of Our Lady Tip by richiecdisc

  Frauenkirche glowing as the sun goes down
by richiecdisc
  • Frauenkirche glowing as the sun goes down - Dresden
      Frauenkirche glowing as the sun goes down
    by richiecdisc
  • during the Christmas season - Dresden
      during the Christmas season
    by richiecdisc

That the Frauenkirche has had a storied existence is an understatement. The land on which it was built and has been rebuilt has been utilized for religious purposes since the 11th century but it was not until 1726 that construction of the now familiar “stone bell’ began as designed by Dresden's master carpenter George Bähr. Work was not completed on the 95 meter baroque church until 1743 though it was consecrated nine years earlier and stood as the highest dome north of the Alps. It remained the symbol of the city until its destruction during WWII when it seemed to have inexplicably survived the city’s bombing only to crumble to ruin once the sand stone from which it was built cooled down. The ruin was left as a memorial until the Iron Curtain fell when work on its rebuilding took initiative.

The newly rebuilt church was purposely not part of the rest of the city’s renovation after destruction as a poignant reminder of man’s inhumanity to man. But it was decided the “hole” in the city center had done its duty and that a painstaking recreation would garner even more attention than letting it remain in ruins. Completed in 2006, the Frauenkirche adds an imposing component to an already majestic skyline that is underrated in not only Germany but all of Europe. Whether this endeavor has been entirely successful is a matter of conjecture. Many consider that the general public visiting the site do not heed its thought provoking message but rather create a circus atmosphere. Hopefully, this will die down but one thing is certain with upwards of 10,000 daily visitors, it has brought in much needed Euros that should go far in helping to restore even more of the city to its historical grandeur.

Address: Neumarkt
Directions: Right in the Old City center so impossible to miss. Just follow the procession.
Phone: 0351-656 06 100

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  • Updated Jan 26, 2008
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