2014-07-31 | Highlight 2015 - 10th Anniversary of the Benediction of the Church of Our Lady Dresden

It counts among the most impressive and magnificent church buildings in the world and, for sure, it is one of the most historic churches in Germany. Like large parts of Dresden, the Church of Our Lady (Frauenkirche) was destroyed by the bombardment in February 1945 and for many years its ruinChurch of Our Lady Dresden acted as memorial against war and destruction. 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 the courage of the Dresden citizens and the support of fans from all over the world it turned out differently: In 2015 we can celebrate the 10th anniversary of the benediction of the Church of Our Lady.

For the benediction of the Church of Our Lady 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 of the Church of Our Lady!”

Dresden will celebrate this anniversary with a Festival Week from 22 - 31 October 2015 with concerts, festival services, special tours and much more. Please find below the highlights of the programme of the festival week:

22nd Oct: Opening concert with works of SchumannChambre Choir of the Church of Our Lady
23rd Oct: Celebratory address
24th Oct: Festival concert with works of Strauss, Rihm and Schumann
25th Oct: Consecration commemoration (services commemorating the church consecration)
29th Oct: Festival concert with works of Schütz, Homilius and Bach
31th Oct: Reformation Day with Festival concert with Benjamin Staern “Luther”

26th - 30th Oct:
- Daily services with organ music: a series of topics commemorating the last decade
- Special tours of the Church of Our Lady

You can complete your city tour Dresden in 2015 with the following special programme suggestions:

- Informative film about the Frauenkirche in the basement of the church
- Exhibition in the basement of the Church of Our Lady
- Guided tour to the ascent of the dome
- Guided walking tour around the Neumarkt, 2 hours
- Visit to the special exhibition “DRESDEN 1945 – Tragedy and Hope of a European City” at asisi Panometer
Dresden (24/01 – 31/05/2015)

Further music highlights in the Church of Our Lady in 2015 are:

- Bach Days from 3th to 10th October
- Christmas Oratorio on 4th, 5th, 7th, 8th, 11th, 12th December
- BACH Cycle
- Dresden Organ Cycle

For celebrating this special highlight together with us we are looking forward to receiving your request (also for tickets) either by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., telphone (+49 351 - 563480) or using our enquiry form.

Image sources:
Church of Our Lady Dresden (c) Uwe Kaufmann, www.flickr.de
Chambre Choir of the Church of Our Lady (c) René Gäns