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dresdner frauenkirche

Dresden, eastern Germany's 'Elbflorenz' (Florence on the Elbe) has a new Frauenkirche, complete with its famous 'Steinerne Glocke' (Stone Bell).

Once the skyline dominating pride of Dresden, the church was destroyed (along with everything else) in the Allied bombing in WWII. It took more than fifty years and the fall of the GDR (a parking lot had been planned there) before reconstruction began, and it was finally reopened a month ago.

Note the darker stones: original ones, salvaged from the rubble and kept in storage numbered and catalogued all those years.

Dresden's Frauenkirche

Dresden's Frauenkirche

Too bad the snake of people waiting to see the inside coiled around the entire square, at below zero temperature.

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