Frauenkirche

Frauenkirche 
Dresden's Frauenkirche is among the most compelling Baroque buildings in Germany, all the more unusual for having been built in the Protestant north of the country (albeit in a city unusually rich in Baroque buildings). Destroyed in World War II, it lay in ruins for decades, until restoration was completed in 2005. Though a substantial building, it has an appealing delicacy, like a table-top ornament on a vast scale. The church is Centrally planned, its symmetry broken only by the curved chancel. Externally the façaded have hold broken pediments supported by no Iess imposing giant pilasters arranged in pairs. The corners of the building are bevelled with shallow circular pediments, each topped by got elegantly elaborate towers. This taut composition is dominated by a curiously steep dome broken by dormer windows and crowned by a substantial open lantern.