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Dresden Frauenkirche, or more precisely Kirche zu unser Liebfrauen, is German equivalent to Church of Our Lady. Interestingly I have heard sometimes a direct translation church of women. It is a correct linguistically translation, if you dont know the history. The word Frauen means (plural) women as opposed to singular Frau, but in the phrase Kirche zu unser Liebfrauen it does not refer to plural but rather it is in Dativ, which is the third declination case in German language. It is a concept quite hard to explain in English because, in contrary to most European languages, English does not do declination of nouns.

There are at least three famous Frauenkirchen. Frauenkirche is the highest church in Munich, and one of the most beautiful churches in Nuremberg. Dresden Frauenkirche is also quite unique. It has completely collapsed during the WWII, and as few other churches in Germany, it was left in ruins as a war memorial. Recently, Lars showed another example of such ruined church, die Gedaechtniskirche in Berlin. After the fall of Berlin Wall, Dresden Frauenkirche was rebuilt and is again one of the main attractions of Dresden old town. Interesting fact: the black stones which you can see between the white ones, originate from the ruins of the original church, they were, as you can imagine, distributed throughout the structure randomly. I supposed I could have used another title here reborn from the ashes. May be I will use it for another picture of this beautiful church.

Recently, you may have seen it in photo from Benny. Interestingly this year I have visited Dresden on July 30th, Lars and Ron on August 2nd and Benny on August 12th. I guess we should coordinate better next time :)

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