"He left his heart in the Hofkirche" Hofkirche - Catholic Cathedral Tip by richiecdisc
Hofkirche - Catholic Cathedral, Dresden: 33 reviews and 84 photos
Though rebuilt sooner than the Frauenkirche the original Hofkirche was a built not only after the impressive ?stone bell? but in response to it. With August the Strong a converted Catholic due to his coronation as the Polish King, he wanted a place of worship equal to the famous Protestant Frauenkirche so he employed Italian architect Gaetano Chiaveri and began his plan in secret to erect the 83 meter oval structure. Though the angular belfry is its hallmark feature another interesting aspect are the seventy-eight 3 meter statues of biblical figures that look out over the city from the remaining oval roof. It was originally built between 1738 and 1751 but as with most of Dresden?s old city center was completely destroyed in 1945?s bombing. The rebuilt structure was begun in 1979 and features an amazing pulpit in the Rocco style by Permoser and a restoration of the last organ built by famed Gottfried Silbermann. Though his body is buried in Krakow, Poland August the Strong showed his allegiance to the city by having is heart laid to rest here.
Directions: In the Schlossplatz so impossible to miss. Before the rebuilding of the Frauenkirche this was the main building in the city and still dominates the skyline, especially in the evening.
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