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Basic about Dresden

Dresden is the capital of the Free State of Saxony, in southern Germany. The city has approximately 500,000 citizens and more than 10 million visitors per year.

Churches and Synagogues

Frauenkirche Church (Church of Our Lady)

at Neumarkt
Tel. 351/4981131

For over 200 years the baroque Church of Our Lady, completed in 1743, was the crowning glory of the skyline of old Dresden. The Frauenkirche was erected between 1726 and 1743, following the designs of George Bähr; it is one of the most important Protestant churches in Germany.

In February 1945, following the bombing raid on Dresden, the Frauenkirche collapsed. The heap of rubble remained until the beginning on the 1990’s when the rebuilding commenced.

The rebuilt Frauenkirche Church was consecrated in October 2005. In 2002, the Duke of Kent came to Dresden to hand over a new dome cross, with a dimension of 8m (26 ft.), a symbol of reconciliation between Great Britain and Germany

Church open: Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Ascent to the cupola: daily from 10 a.m. (closed between 1 and 2 p.m.)

For more information, please check the web site at http://www.frauenkirche-dresden.de/

Katholische Hofkirche (Catholic Court Church)

Tel. 0351/4844712

The restored Katholische Hofkirche is the largest church in Saxony. It was built by the son of August the Strong, Frederick Augustus II, who ruled from 1733 to 1763. The church’s facade has 38 biblical and historical figures in the high baroque style. Inside, you can see the crypt with the tombs of 49 rulers of Saxony and a box allegedly containing the heart of August the Strong.

Admission is free.

Open: Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday 1:30 to 4 p.m.

Tram no. 4 or 8.