Dresden: The Frauenkirche
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My posting has been interrupted, because I had to travel to Dresden for a few days. It’s enormously inconvenient, as there’s a lot to write about right now, but in the meantime I hope you’ll enjoy some pictures of the Dresden Frauenkirche, or the Church of Our Lady.
Here it is this past Friday, as it happens, at the precise moment of an anti-vaccine mandate protest through the Dresden city centre:
The Frauenkirche was an 18th-century Lutheran church, destroyed in the notorious Allied air raid of February 1945. It remained a pile of ruins for years afterwards; here’s a view from 1958, with the statue of Martin Luther in the foreground:
After German reunification, they decided to restore the church. The structure you see today dates substantially from the 1990s; the dark stones are, obviously, original.
Part of the 18th-century dome was recovered from the ruins, and is now a monument in the square: