Katholische Hofkirche
Katholische Hofkirche
4.5
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12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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Also known as the Cathedral of St. Trinitatis, this is the Catholic Court Church. Houses a famous stone pulpit, 250-year-old organ and the tombs of Saxon rulers.
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Z C
6 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Solo
As someone in RCIA, this cathedral's attitude, especially in this Christmas season, has given me second thoughts. Much of the ambulatory including the entire adoration chapel were cordoned off 'for people who pray'. I visited during regular visiting hours and there was no one to speak to to request entry into the chapel for prayer or to walk the stations of the cross (which required entry into the cordoned off section of the ambulatory). Having visited both the Lutheran Kreuzkirche and Frauenkirche which were both extremely welcoming, with the Frauenkirche even having someone to pray with you, the Katholische Hofkirche felt oppressively cold and closed. Both Lutheran churches opened up their most sacred spaces for anyone to come and pray and meditate. Earlier, the Kreuzkirche had also warmly replied to my email asking about one of their services. The Hofkirche in contrast completely ignored my urgent enquiry about Christmas eve mass even though I had opened up to them in great vulnerability about my unfortunate situation relevant to my request. They didn't even reply to say no. They just completely ignored me, as they continue to ignore visitors face to face. Ironically, at its west end was a large nativity scene of the innkeeper turning away Mary and Joseph, with a sign saying (in German) that Jesus wants to gain entry into our hearts in the form of those who go from door to door asking for our help and that only when our hearts are open can it be Christmas. I wonder if they are truly completely ignorant to how they make vulnerable foreigners looking for help, for a place to feel welcome and to pray, feel? I've never experienced this level of coldness from a catholic cathedral of a major diocese anywhere else in the world. Everywhere else, the doors are always thrown open in welcome, priests are on hand for prayer or blessing, the adoration chapel is open and inviting, people are friendly and responsive online and in person. But this being a very tough and painful time for me personally, and having met this level of coldness and arrogance from Catholicism in contrast to the warmth and humility of the Lutheran churches in Dresden, I have decided that I'll go for Christmas night mass at the Kreuzkirche or Frauenkirche rather than the Kathedrale, while I contemplate quitting RCIA.
Written December 20, 2022
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JJJC_Family
Virginia775 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
Destroyed in WWII and re-built to look like the original has a cheap quality about it and there is not much to it in terms of decoration. We spent maybe ten minutes there and we normally spend much longer in a cathedral of this size. We had absolutely no desire to spend a minute longer.
Written June 24, 2023
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Josie Iino
Cambridge, UK605 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Friends
The interior is disappointing, but my word is the exterior incredibly, entirely, and completely breathtaking. A triumph of a building! One can walk from the terrace down some steps to enter and that exact experience was one of the highlights of my day trip to Dresden. The architecture is just beautiful to look at, really.
Written September 11, 2023
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tosl
Jersey City, NJ876 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
Sure mass was in German, but one can follow along. Followed the procession, complete with donkey, into the cathedral for Palm Sunday. Beautiful service in a beautiful church even if I was attending with my Catholic wife.
Written April 19, 2022
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macedonboy
Glasgow, UK185,732 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
The Cathedral of Dresden is considered the most important Catholic Church of Dresden and one that has a lot of history. Built by the Catholic Monarchs of Saxony at a time when Saxony was majority protestant, I'm told by the guides that it had to be built in secret. The exterior of the church is of course magnificent is late Baroque and is adorned with many fine statues. The statues are especially magnificent when viewed from Hausmannsturm and The western end of Brühl's Terrace. The interior is ridiculously simple in comparison. There's not an awful lot to see inside apart for the stunning Rococo pulpit, and the upper balconies which I think creates an interesting theatre effect.
Written October 5, 2019
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Tiberiu_Baranyi
Timisoara, Romania16,904 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
The Cathedral built - in the very impressive Baroque style - between 1739 - 1755, by an Italian architect named Gaetano Chiaveri - stands near the palace of Dresden - a true architectural gem
Now the Cathedral itself is a catholic church that shows a lot of decoration - outside and on the inside - just to mention a few:
- the altar that is depicting the "Ascension of Christ" to the heavens and that was dedicated to those who died in the useless Allied raid of February 1945 .
- the paintings - that are done with a lot of details - following the "Way of the Cross" and the Passions of Christ - from His judgement, through crucifixion and culminating with Him rising form the dead and ascending to heavens.
Near the entrance there is a small altar and an area the is dedicated to those killed in the useless bombing of the city in February 1945.
The building itself is impressive - regardless if you are believer or an atheist - a true gem of baroque architecture - definitely worth some of your time to visit when you are in Dresden.
Visiting is free of charge so my recommendation is , if you plan to visit Dresden just put this church on your list - and check it out it is definitely worth it.
Written June 20, 2024
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Sawadeeka1
Stuttgart, Germany66 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2012 • Family
We're Catholics, so this was a BIG bonus for us. The Sunday morning Catholic mass times are: 0900 and 1030. There are more masses throughout the day, but you'll have the check their website for the latest times. So not only did we get to see such a beautiful church, we got to enjoy celebrating mass in it. The choir was absolutely first rate. Even the Psalms reader did a great job singing. At first I thought he was just an altar boy, but he had a wonderful voice. We stayed in a hotel just down the street, so to just wake up, go to mass in an ancient Gothic church, and enjoying brunch made it a great Sunday morning!
Written August 14, 2012
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mozartMinneapolis
Saint Paul, MN160 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2017 • Couples
My husband and I stopped at the Katholische Hofkirche to hear an organ recital, performed on an organ from 1745. The recital was at 4pm on a weekday and open to the public. The pure sound of this organ brought tears to my eyes. My comment to my husband was that this is the way God meant organ music to sound! The inside of the church is ornately decorated, very beautiful. The recital was free, but we did make a donation on the way out. Definitely worth a visit - 'specially if you can time it when there is music.
Written January 22, 2018
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Angela D
Crediton, England, United Kingdom122 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2016
The Hofkirche was commissioned by Augustus 111, Elector of Saxony, in 1738 and consecrated in 1751. The Elector's father had converted to Roman Catholicism to assist in gaining the crown of Poland and this new church was erected to serve the Royal court. (Its Protestant neighbour, the Frauenkirche was under construction during the same period.) Like almost every other building in Dresden, the church was destroyed by bombing in February 1945. The pipes of Gottfried Silbermann's magnificent organ had been removed to safety in 1944, but the original case was burnt. The building was reconstructed by the GDR during the 1980s and the organ rebuilt in stages in recent years. The church interior is white and quite refreshingly plain, apart from the exuberant Rococo pulpit. Four side chapels have been restored to the original colour scheme - one contains a large, modern Pieta, almost brutally stark...another reminder of the casualties of conflict.
Written June 5, 2016
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Stardawntravel
Clare, UK187 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2015 • Friends
I was very privileged to be given a total tour of the church by a guide of this amazing building. The architecture is stunning as indeed are the numerous points of particular interest and note to see inside. Check out the side chapel devoted to victims of the 'terror' and the amazing artwork there which is thought provoking as well as controversial to some. Bear in mind this is still the most important Catholic church in Dresden after being restored in1980 from its devastation in the raids of 1945, Also of note, the Crypt is said to contain the heart of the City's most famous ruler who converted to Catholicism... King Augustus 1 known at the 'Strong'. Well worth a visit be you a religious person or not.
Written June 4, 2015
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