Friday, August 19, 2016

Katholische Hofkirche

Katholische Hofkirche, Dresden Cathedral, is the Roman Catholic Cathedral of Dresden, which is probably the most important Catholic church of Dresden that is located by the Elbe River.

The Church, designed by Gaetano Chiaveri (AD 1738-51), was commissioned by Augustus III, Elector of Saxony and King of Poland.

As you already know, the church was heavily damaged during the bombing of Dresden of the WWII (13-14th of February, 1945). East German authorities had left it untouched as a memorial to the destruction of the war but the pressure for its reconstruction and fund-raising gained momentum after the fall of Communism and Germany's reunification in 1990. The church was rebuilt 60 years after the bombing. 

One of the uniqueness of the church is its round structure, the pews fanning out from the altar in a circle like the waves of a stone thrown into the water. The upper galleries also hold pews.

Around 2,000 pieces from the altar were salvaged. Each was carefully cleaned and then incorporated into the structures based upon photographs and plans for the original church!

At last I would like to acknowledge Pavlina for the guide. Thanks!

Have a wonderful weekend.

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