Katholische Hofkirch Dresden1319 Votes Currently Open
- Address: Schlossplatz 24, 01067 Dresden, Germany
- Timings: 09:00 am - 05:00 pm Details
- Phone: 49351-4844712
- Time Required: 01:00 Hrs
- Tags: Art Gallery, Church, Religious Site, Landmark, Statue, Performance, Concert, Family And Kids, Architecture
The Roman Catholic Church of Dresden goes by many names. ‘Kathedrale Ss. Trinitatis ‘, ‘Cathedral of the Holy Trinity’, ‘Catholic Church of the Royal Court of Saxony’ or ‘Katholische Hofkirch’, no matter what name you choose to call it, this church is a must see when visiting Dresden. It is home to a famous pulpit made out of stone, an organ over two centuries old and the tombs of the Saxon rulers. It was elevated to the status of cathedral in 1964.
The Church is located in the heart of the city and is one of Dresden’s most iconic landmarks. It was designed by Gaetano Chiaveri and was constructed from 1738 to 1751. This catholic church was built in order to balance it with the Protestant Frauenkirche. The bombing of Dresden during the Second World War resulted in the church being damaged quite terribly and it was reconstructed in the 1980’s.
This is the city’s youngest Baroque styles building and it’s also the largest church in Saxony. The floor plan stretches out to almost 4,800 meters. The church’s balustrades and niches are decorated with 78 stone figures, each measuring 3.5 meters in height. These beautiful little figurines represent the Apostles of Christ and saints. The cathedral is home to a famous organ, originally built by Gottfried Silbermann, and a pulpit built in the Rococo style by Balthasar Permoser. In the crypt, lies the heart of King Augustus the Strong. Along with him, are the last king of Saxony and 49 other members of the House of Wettin, along with their spouses. The coffins
The church holds special mass on occasion, where they perform special organ concert. You can catch special performances, such as Puccini's Messa Di Gloria. The church is stunning and extravagant on the outside but with less ornate interiors. The inner part has been beautifully restored with marble, gilt, paintings and statues and the nave offers quite an impressive view. From a distance, the Church is the most impressive element in the skyline of Dresden.
If it’s peace you seek or a bite of history you yearn for, visiting this church will please you. With its sonorous organ and special concerts, particularly during Christmas, it’s no wonder that this simple church is one of the most popular tourist destinations in this city. You can absorb the beautiful artwork inside or marvel at the architecture from outside, either way it’s well worth the visit. Also, visit the popular attractions in the city by following Dresden itinerary 1 day.
Katholische Hofkirch Dresden Travel Tips
- An Italian restaurant across the street named ‘Italienishches Dorfchen’ or ‘Italian Village’ is a reminder of Italian artisans who also helped build this church.
- There are free 1/2 hour organ concerts every Wednesday and Saturday at 11:30 am.
- While you're there, see the side chapel featuring a sculpture entirely of Meissen porcelain as a memorial to the tragic destruction of Dresden in the war.
- Also be sure to check out the Baroque pulpit, hidden in the countryside during the war.
- You aren’t allowed to take pictures. Keep that camera at bay.
Entrance Ticket Details For Katholische Hofkirch Dresden
- Guided tours are conducted in German only and priced at 4€ per person.
How to Reach Katholische Hofkirch Dresden
- Tram no. 4 or 8
- Radeberger Spezialausschank(German/€21-40)
- Kahnaletto(Seafood, Italian, Mediterranean, European)
- Mandarin Restaurant chinesische Spezialitaten (Chinese/€8-20)
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82.18% of people who visit Dresden include Katholische Hofkirch Dresden in their plan
09 AM - 10 AM
35.12% of people start their Katholische Hofkirch Dresden visit around 09 AM - 10 AM
People usually take around 1 Hr to see Katholische Hofkirch Dresden
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