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Church of Our Lady

Dresden, Church of Our Lady © DZT, Kiedrowski
Dresden's most famous attraction is a masterpiece of baroque architecture. The destruction and rebuilding of the Church of Our Lady symbolises the history of the city like no other building.

Architectural splendour hides a turbulent past
For more than two centuries the dome of the Church of Our Lady was the defining feature of Dresden's skyline. After falling victim to the intense bombing raids of 1945, its remarkable ruins became a powerful reminder of the destructive effects of war. Following its reconstruction, which was supported by donations from all over the world, the building is now a symbol for reconciliation and peace. Fragile, elegant and beautiful beyond compare, the Church of Our Lady has reclaimed its rightful place in Dresden's panorama along the river Elbe. With its marbled pillars and delicately painted balustrades the chancel looks as good as new, while the huge stone dome is once again the dominating feature of the cityscape.
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Dresden Zwinger Palace, Copyright Jochen Keute
Many of Dresden's 30 or so museums are world-class. The Zwinger Palace houses the famous Old Masters Gallery with the "Sistine Madonna" and the world's largest porcelain collection. Equally renowned is the collection of former crown jewels, now on display in the Green Vault on Brühl Terrace. For contemporary art, head for the New Masters Gallery, the New Saxon Art Association (Neuer Sächsischer Kunstverein), the university of fine arts or any of around 60 other galleries.
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Dresden Kreuzchor boys' choir, Copyright Dresden Werbung und Tourismus GmbH
The Dresden State Orchestra and the Dresden Philharmonic rank among the top orchestras in the world, and the Kreuzchor boys' choir enjoys similar status. . More than 20 theatres in the city offer plenty of choice, from classical drama to experimental theatre, from musicals to cabaret.
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