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Kreuzkirche, Dresden: 12 reviews and 30 photos
Eventually I made it to the city centre of the Old Town!
One of my first sights, was Dresden's first church, the Nikolaikirche (St. Nicholas Church) that was built in 1215. The church was re-consecrated in 1388 as the Kreuzkirche (Church of the Holy Cross) after the marriage of "Henry the Illustrious," whose wife brought a relic of the Holy Cross to Dresden.
A 92 metre high tower was added to the church between 1579 and 1584. It is open to the public and has a balcony from which there are good views over Dresden.
The church has a history of being burnt to the ground, not once, but 5 times!
In 1760, the Church was heavily damaged by the Prussian Army during the "Siege of Dresden." Rebuilding the Church in Neo- classicist style began in 1764 and took till 1792 before the Parisioners could return. The Tower which happened to survive, collapsed five years later during reconstruction work.
WWII, and disaster struck again! Once again, reconstruction was needed, this time work began quite soon afterwards [1946,] taking until 1955 to complete.
INSIDE THE CHURCH.
I ventured inside and found a massive emptiness, a very high ceiling, but it was so plain and a dull looking grey. I read it was left this way on purpose. The Altar was lovely, as was the Organ. The sheer size was impressive!
I also walked around the whole of the Church and found the door in my photo which was very nicely decorated.
You could be in for a treat if your here on a Saturday afternoon, when the Kreuzkirche Boy’s Choir, one of the best in Europe, is performing.
VISIT TO THE TOWER
Admission: €2 (€1 w/ the Dresden Card)
Tower Hours: May-Oct: Mon-Sat, 10am-5:30pm (Sun open at noon)
Nov-Mar: Mon-Sat, 10am-3:30pm (Sun open at noon)
April: Mon-Sat ,10am-4:30pm (Sun open at noon)
Address: An der Kreuzkirche 6, D-01067 Dresden
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