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Frauenkirche

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Identification

Frauenkirche
Church of Our Lady
100062

Map

Structure in General

church
existing [completed]
baroque

Usages

church (lutheran)

Facts

  • The foundation stone was laid on August 26, 1726.
  • After the war, the ruins were left as a memorial to WWII - and as a warning against such a catastrophe ever happening again.
  • During reconstruction, around 8,000 original stones were used; these are charred black from the conflagration which explains the church's 'speckled' appearance.
  • Although unfinished, the church was consecrated in 1734.
  • The Protestant Frauenkirche (Church of Our Lady) was one of the great masterpieces of European Baroque architecture until its destruction February 13-15, 1945, as a consequence of the Allied firebombing of Dresden.
  • The spectacular Pinnacle Cross was presented to the church on February 13, 2000 (the 55th anniversary of Dresden's destruction) by the Duke of Kent.
  • Following German reunification in 1991, a privately sponsored, publically oriented project to rebuild the Frauenkirche was initiated. Despite controversy, this effort has made great progress and aims for completion in 2006.
  • The Pinnacle Cross was paid for by British donations and constructed by British craftsmen, one of whom had a father who was involved in Dresden's bombing.

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Location

Neumarkt
Dresden
Saxony
Germany

Technical Data

299.31 ft
299.31 ft
220.01 ft
1738
1743
2005
1945

Involved Companies

George Bähr

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