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Kreuzkirche, Dresden: 10 reviews and 28 photos

  The altar painting survived the war bombs of 1945.
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  • The altar painting survived the war bombs of 1945. - Dresden
      The altar painting survived the war bombs of 1945.
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  • The galleries  let a lot of light into the church. - Dresden
      The galleries let a lot of light into the church.
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  • The organ. - Dresden
      The organ.
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This unique church is located at Altmarkt (Old Market).

It is so very different to to the colourful Italian splendour of Frauenkirche, for example.

The only thing that survived the war bombs was an altar painting. What you see today was originally planned to be an interium solution. But now they have kept the rough-cast walls because it underlines the serenity of the big hall.

The first impression is that you are in a medieval church. But having a closer look you notice the type of curved balconies you can also see in Frauenkirche, just bare of any colour or ornaments. So absolutely not what you would expect of any kind of a Baroque church.

The church dates back to the 12th century and then was dedicated to St. Claus (Nikolaus). Earl Markgraf Heinrich der Erlauchte donated a splint from the Holy Cross which is Habsburgian wife Constanze had brought into the marriage. For this relic a chapel ? the Cross Chapel ? was built in 1235. The church was later named after this chapel.

The church was destroyed in the big fire of 1491. The basilica was replaced by a Gothic hall church where Dresden?s first Lutheran service was held in 1539. Prussian King Friedrich II destroyed this church which then was replaced by a classic Baroque building.

In more modern times Kreuzkirche made headlines as a meeting place of the GDR regime?s opposition. In the late 1980s those people held Peace Prayers (Friedensgebete) in the church. This is repeated every Friday at 12noon to commemorate those peaceful demonstrations ? a prayer for peace and reconciliation.

If you are interested in choral singing, go to Kreuzkirche on a Saturday evening (6pm in summer, 5pm in winter) and listen to the so called Kreuzchor.

What I found kind of strange was that one of the supervising ladies in the church raced towards me and asked me not to use my mini tripod for photographing. It was allowed to take pictures but not using a tripod. She could not answer my question why this was prohibited. It would have been okay for me, had she said tripods scratch the floor, make to much noise, or I looked like someone who wanted to print postcards and sell them on the internet and ruin their merchandising efforts? But just disallowing something and not being able to say why is a silly attitude.

On photo 2 you see the round galleries very well.

Photo 3 shows the organ.

Address: Kreuzstraße, near Altmarkt
Phone: 0351 - 43939 20
Website: http://www.kreuzkirche-dresden.de

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  • Written Aug 28, 2008
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