In November 1989 a group of dedicated Dresden inhabitants founded the local initiative “Ruf aus Dresden” (“Call from Dresden”). When they went public in 1990 only a few believed in the reconstruction of the Dresden centrepiece. But thanks to all the hard work and the courage of the Dresden citizens it turned out differently and in 2014 we can already celebrate the 20th anniversary of the reconstruction of the Frauenkirche.
For the benediction of the Frauenkirche on 30th October 2005, the then Federal President Mr Horst Köhler found moving words:
“The German writer Gerhart Hauptmann said in 1945: “Who has forgotten how to cry, learns it again in the demise of Dresden.” 60 years later we can add: Who has lost the confidence, reclaims it at the sight of the rebuilt Frauenkirche!”
Today, the Dresden citizens are very proud of their Frauenkirche and every year millions of tourists visit the celebrated landmark of the city. Annually events like the famous Christmas Oratorio by Johann Sebastian Bach attract guests from near and far.
For your city tour to Dresden we recommend you to visit the exhibition in the basement of the Frauenkirche which is dedicated to the many spenders, sponsors and preservers of the Frauenkirche. Furthermore, it is worth to participate either in a guided tour during the "Open Church" or watch the informative film about the Frauenkirche where you learn more about the history and the reconstruction. The film is shown hourly in the visitor centre of the Frauenkirche. We also recommend the ascent to the dome and the 67 metres high viewing platform of the Frauenkirche. Your efforts will be rewarded with a unique view over Dresden and the surroundings.
The next highlight in the history of the Frauenkirche will be the 10th jubilee of the benediction of the Frauenkirche in 2015. We will naturally inform you about upcoming events on time.
Picture above: Church of our Lady Dresden (c) Uwe Kaufmann, www.flickr.com
Picture below: Church of our Lady Dresden (c) AugustusTours