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Frauenkirche Dresden

Location:

In the old town centre ("Altstadt") of Dresden, Germany.

History:

On the night of 13/14-02-45 Dresden was heavily bombed by Allied planes. A large part of the Dresden town centre was destroyed. During that period, Dresden was a place for refugees that were fleeing for the fast advancing Russian troops. A large number of people died during this and following airraids. The estimation lie between tens of thousands to over a hundred thousand (the offical toll is "at least 37000"). Most of the victims are buried in massgraves on the Nordfriedhof in Dresden.

After the bombardment most of the debris was taken away, accept for one pile of rubble. These were the remains of the ones proud Frauenkirche.

The remains of the Frauenkirche in 1991. The remains of the Frauenkirche in 1991.

The pile of rubble staid there until after the German reunification. A plan was made to rebuild the old Frauenkirche.

Current status:

They are currently rebuilding the Frauenkirche using all original pieces from the pile of rubble. It is a enormous job. The plan is to finish the new Frauenkirche in 2006, when Dresden exists 800 years.

The remains of the Frauenkirche in 1995.   The remains of the Frauenkirche in 1995.
     
The remains of the Frauenkirche carefully sorted and label.   The remains of the Frauenkirche from the former pile of ruble, now carefully sorted and label..

 

You can find some more info on the Frauenkirche on the site of Dresden (click on this link to go to the page aabout the Frauenkirche directly).

 

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