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On February 13, 1945, Dresden was firebombed by the British and American air forces, turning one of the world's most beautiful cities into a desolate wasteland. The postwar East German government proceeded to fix up a few monuments but was limited by the huge budget required to undertake citywide renovation, and much of the rebuilding didn't take place until 1991 and German reunification. These factors make present-day Dresden's beauty all the more astonishing. The Altstadt received by far the worst of the bombing, but has also been the site of intensive restoration efforts that have resulted in a near-facsimile of what the city looked like throughout the 19th and early 20th centuries. Most spectacular of all is the rebuilt Frauenkirche, a decade long process that took a pile of rubble and turned it back into the church that was the pride of city.