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Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt and Thuringia Sights

Katholische Hofkirche (Catholic Court Church)

  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

Updated 11/07/2013

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The largest Catholic church in Saxony is also known as the Cathedral of St. Trinitatis. Frederick Augustus II (who reigned 1733–63) brought architects and builders from Italy to construct a Catholic church in a city that had been the first large center of Lutheran Protestantism (like his father, Frederick Augustus II had to convert to Catholicism to be eligible to wear the Polish crown). Inside, the treasures include a beautiful stone pulpit by the royal sculptor Balthasar Permoser and a painstakingly restored 250-year-old organ, said to be one of the finest ever to come from the mountain workshops of the famous Silbermann family. In the cathedral's crypt are the tombs of 49 Saxon rulers and a reliquary containing the heart of Augustus the Strong, which is rumored to start beating if a beautiful woman comes near.

Sight Information

Address:

Schlosspl., Dresden, Saxony, D–01067, Germany

Phone:

0351-484–4712

Sight Details:

  • Free
  • Mon.–Thurs. 9–5, Fri. 1–5, Sat. 10–5, Sun. noon–4:30

Updated 11/07/2013

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