Dresden Cathedral

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Hofkirche with Semperoper on the right

The Katholische Hofkirche is a Roman Catholic Cathedral, located in the 'Altstadt' in the heart of Dresden, in Germany.


The Hofkirche stands as one of Dresden's foremost landmarks. It was built by architect Gaetano Chiaveri from 1738 to 1751.

The church was commissioned by Frederick Augustus II, Elector of Saxony and king of Poland, and contains the heart of his father, king August the Strong as well as the remains of 49 other members of the Wettin family.

The church was badly damaged during World War II and was restored during the mid-1980s under the East German regime. Today it is the cathedral of the diocese of Dresden-Meißen.

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