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Frauenkirche, Dresden

Germany 01067
Tel: 49 351 656 06 100
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The Frauenkirche is Dresden's signature monument. Destroyed in the 1945 bombing that took down most of the city with it, the protestant church's dome had long been the pride of the Dresden skyline, known as the "fat lady" for its squat proportions. From a pile of blackened rubble, the cathedral was rebuilt at a cost of more than $250 million over the course of the 1990s and finally reconsecrated in 2005. The interior is unlike any other cathedral most visitors are likely to have seen: It's a multitiered space full of light, with pastel-colored porcelain and painted wood in place of the severe stone of historic Catholic cathedrals. The altarpiece, including a huge pipe organ, is several stories tall, a 3-D fantasy of brightly colored angels and biblical scenes. Lines are long (but move quickly) and entrance is free (although if you want to climb to the cupola, it'll cost €8). The church may not be everyone's cup of tea, but it's Dresden's pride and joy, the final step in restoring the Altstadt to its former glory.

Open daily 10 am to noon and 1 to 6 pm. Hours subject to change according to church services on Saturdays and Sundays.

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