From: Dresden, Germany
The Frauenkirche in Dresden is the Reformation's answer to St. Peter's Basilica: It was built in 1743 with the biggest dome north of the Alps, and it remains the largest Protestant church on the European continent.
The Frauenkirche that stands on the Neumarkt today is a reconstruction of the original, which was destroyed in the Allied fire bombing of Dresden in February, 1945. Wikipedia's illustrated article about the Frauenkirche describes what happened:
The ruins were a painful eyesore in the heart of Dresden's Altstadt until the early 1990s, when--following the reunification of Germany--an international fundraising and reconstruction effort began.
It took 11 years to rebuild the church, but work was completed in 1995, and the Frauenkirche was officially reconsecrated in October, 2005, six decades after its destruction by incendiary bombs.
Visiting the Frauenkirche
Tourists can visit the nave and lower church during normal opening hours. Admission is free, but donations are encouraged. Guided tours are also available.
If you're physically fit and don't mind heights, you can visit the church dome and its outdoor viewing platform. Part of the ascent is by elevator, but you'll also need to climb steps and walk up a long, steep spiral "donkey ramp" to the top of the 67-meter or 220-foot dome.
For more information about the church in English--including its history, reconstruction, religious services, organ recitals, and concerts--visit the Frauenkirche Dresden Web site.
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