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Frauenkirche

Frauenkirche is a Lutheran church in Dresden, the capital of the German state of Saxony. An earlier church building was Roman Catholic until it became Protestant during the Reformation, and was replaced in the 18th century by a larger Baroque Lutheran building. It is considered an outstanding example of Protestant sacred architecture, featuring one of the largest domes in Europe. It now also serves as a symbol of reconciliation between former warring enemies.

The church was built in the 18th century but then was destroyed in the bombing during World War II. The remaining ruins were left for 50 years as a war memorial, following decisions of local East German leaders. The church was rebuilt after the reunification of Germany, starting in 1994. The reconstruction of its exterior was completed in 2004, and the interior in 2005. The church was reconsecrated on 30 October 2005 with festive services lasting through the Protestant observance of Reformation Day on 31 October. The surrounding Neumarkt square with its many valuable baroque buildings was also reconstructed in 2004.

The Frauenkirche is often called a cathedral, but it is not the seat of a bishop; the church of the Landesbischof of the Evangelical-Lutheran Church of Saxony is the Church of the Cross. Once a month, an Anglican Evensong is held in English, by clergy from St. George's Anglican Church, Berlin.

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City walking tour Dresden (PRIVATE)
"In no other German city do not live with such a strong awareness of their own history, as in Dresden" M. Gretshel
Dresden Walking Tour of the Historic Old Town (SIC)
It doesn't matter if you are in Dresden for a just a day or longer, this classic 90-minute walking tour is a great way to be introduced to the cit...
Hop on Hop Off with audioguide (12 languages) 1 day
Explore Dresden with the Stadtrundfahrt sightseeing city bus tour. The Hop on Hop off Bus stops at 22 of the most important locations across the city....
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