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I have just returned from another visit from Dresden and I am always amazed by the Baroque Frauenkirche (Frough-en-kirsh-ah) The Church of Our Lady. I’m not just amazed at its architecture, but more of its history, and to know that this building was only completed a year ago.

To be more precise, the rebuilding was completed in 2005 after this church was completely destroyed in February 1945 during allied bombing of Dresden in World War II. It was rebuilt exactly as it stood in the 1930’s, the dark stones are the original stones salvaged from the ruin, the dark section to the left of the first picture was one of only two sections still standing after the bombing (see additional pictures of the ruin in the BBC report linked to below). The rebuild cost 180 million Euro (significantly less than London’s currently unused Millennium Dome) and took 10 years of effort. To me that shows that we still have the capability to construct such magnificent buildings if we want to but it seems today we can only use steel, glass and plastic.

The BBC news story of the Frauenkirsche’s consecration tells a better and more concise story than I can. The photos of the ruin show the extent of the achievement. Without doubt a “masterpiece of reconciliation”.


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