Church of Our Lady (Frauenkirche)

The return of a baroque church

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The Church of Our Lady (Dresdner Frauenkirche) is a Lutheran church. featuring one of the largest domes in Europe. Built in the 18th century, destroyed in the bombing of Dresden during World War II and rebuilt after the reunification of Germany.

The challenge that the craftsmen had to face sounds paradox: would they be able to build it the way they would have done it in former times? They were – and they combined old and new techniques impressively: The old church, built between 1726 and 1743 after the plans of George Bähr, burned out after the bombing of Dresden 1945 and collapsed.

The rebuilding startet May 27, 1994 – using the original (dark) stones that were found usable during the cleaning of the site. In July 2003 the dome was completed, reaching two thirds of the original height, yet missing the more than 98 feet tall lantern with the holy cross on top.

In 2004 the exterior was finished, and on October 30, 2005 the church was consecreted – with more than 100.000 people outside joining the 1.700 in the church.

Being the most remarkable dome building north of the alps and the symbol of protestant churches the Frauenkirche – Church of Our Lady – is one of the most important pieces of European cultural history again.

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