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The Evangelic-Lutheran Kreuzkirche is the main parish church of Dresden. First mentioned around 1200 it was built and destroyed a couple of times in the last centuries. The facades as we see them nowadays date back to the late 18th century. After a fire in 1897 the interior was redesigned in Art Nouveau style. The structure of the church survived the bombing in 1945, but the fire destroyed the interior. After the war the decision was made to not restore the interior in original style. Instead the plan was to show the scars of the war - a raw plaster covers the walls and huge pillars, the few remaining sandstone embossments were left damaged, only the lower parts of the altar are intact. Miraculously the altar painting survived the fire, only the colours darkened. This unusual restoration gave the church a very special, moving, noble atmosphere.

I like this church a lot, even more than the rebuilt Frauenkirche. I use to go there often, attend church services and so. As the church is also the home of the famous boys choir called "Kreuzchor" the services and concerts held in the church are special. Christmas Eve without attending the Christvesper there is out of the question for example. Or think of the Striezelmarkt - the opening service takes place in the Kreuzkirche.

The Kreuzkirche played a similar role in the peaceful revolution in 1989 as the Nikolaikirche in Leipzig did. Church groups demanded "Make peace without weapons" and "Swords to Ploughshares". The Kreuzkirche provided shelter for opponents of the communist regime etc.

Address: An der Kreuzkirche 6
Directions: Altmarkt square
Phone: 0351 - 43939 20
Website: http://www.kreuzkirche-dresden.de

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  • Written Oct 25, 2008
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