"Hofkirche, The Cathedral of the Holy Trinity" Hofkirche - Catholic Cathedral Tip by nicolaitan
Hofkirche - Catholic Cathedral, Dresden: 33 reviews and 84 photos
This famous Dresden landmark overlooks the Elbe River and the Dresden touristic center. There are only a small percentage of Catholics in predominantly Protestant Dresden, but this great cathedral is theirs thanks to the chicanery of the Wettins. Upon the passing of August the Strong, his heir Elector Frederick Augustus II wished to inherit the throne of Poland from his father. To mollify the Pope, suspicious of Frederick's Dresden upbringing, the Elector not only commissioned the church but imported the Italian architect Gaetano Chiaveri and a host of Italian stonemasons and sculptors to build it (1738-51). The famed steeple towers over the area with individual statues of the graces. The Baroque ( with Roman touches ) exterior features niches with over 70 statues of saints, apostles, and popes created by Lorenzo Mattieli. Like most of central Dresden, the church suffered extensive damage in WWII but reconstruction was undertaken in GDR times.
The highlight of the interior is the altar painting of the Ascension of Christ by Raphael Mengs. The 3000 pipe organ is one of the last created by a famous organ maker named Gottfried Silberman. Perhaps the most notorious attractions are the tombs of about 50 members of Wettin Royalty plus an urn with the heart of August the Strong ( the rest of his remains are in Poland as befits a Polish king but I guess his heart was always in Dresden ). Sadly my beloved Proserpina wanted nothing to do with this particular item.
As impressive as the Hofkirche is during the day, the building appears surreal with the provided lighting after dark and is well worth an extra stroll.
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