Anyone visiting the good city of Dresden is going to be overwhelmed with the Church of Our Lady, aka Frauenkirche which is one of the most astounding structures in Europe.

This church is a Lutheran church that was built in the 1700s.  In truth it’s a reconstruction of the original because the original was demolished during the bombing raids of WWII.

It has a long history as the first church was torn down and rebuilt in the 18th Century and rebuilt to handle the growing population.  After the second church’s destruction during the Allied bombing of WWII, it took until 1989 to finally get reconstruction underway.  Scores of technicians and historians and citizens got together and it cost $180 million to rebuild it with as much exacting discipline using the remaining rubble to integrate in the new building.

Dresden Frauenkirche

Dresden Frauenkirche

The project took so long due to the occupation of the USSR in East Germany.  The Soviets were not totally unsympathetic to the cause as they bowed to public concerns to preserve the area until the reunification occurred and that allowed for the preservation of carefully collected and itemized rubble.

So when visiting Dresden you’ll see this monument to the dedication of the world to restore what war took away.