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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BonVoyager87
Harrisburg, PA319 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Solo
Beautiful church! Had the pleasure of visiting when the Katholische Academie boys choir was rehearsing for their "The Trumpet Shall Sound" performance from Handel's Messiah. Excellent accoustics and a truly beautiful interior.
Written 25 June 2024
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Tiberiu_Baranyi
Timisoara, Romania16,951 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 20 June 2024
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operalover939
Toronto, Canada2,930 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Solo
This is a late baroque building with a less spectacular altar than I've come to expect in Catholic cathedrals. Do visit the late 20th century altar built to memorialize the 25,000 deaths caused by the February 1945 bombardment and more generally the millions of deaths resulting from the Second World War.
Written 15 May 2024
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Josie Iino
Cambridge, UK605 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 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 11 September 2023
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JJJC_Family
Virginia786 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 24 June 2023
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hans-jaguar
Santa Comba Dao, Portugal23,835 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Solo
The Catholic Court Church (today officially Cathedral of Ss. Trinitatis) in Dresden, with the patron saint of the Holy Trinity, is the cathedral of the Diocese of Dresden-Meissen and a parish church in Dresden. It was built under Elector Friedrich August II of Saxony by Gaetano Chiaveri from the year 1739 to the year 1755 in the Baroque style. Elevated to the status of concathedral in the year 1964, it became the cathedral of the Dresden-Meißen diocese in the year 1980 when the episcopal seat was moved from Bautzen to Dresden. As a former court church, it is connected to the residential palace by a passage over Chiaverigasse. It stands on the old town bank of the Elbe between Schlossplatz and Theaterplatz. Their planning began a decade after the start of construction of the evangelical Frauenkirche, which is 300 meters away on Neumarkt.
Written 6 June 2023
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ANGELO V
Milan, Italy4,381 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Solo
The "Kathedrale Sanctissimae Trinitatis" (Cathedral of the Holy Trinity) is the Catholic cathedral in Dresden, and it was commissioned by Augustus III, Elector of Saxony and King of Poland. The Elector built the cathedral for his own use and for the use of other high-ranking officials, connecting it to Dresden Castle with a high level walkway.

The church was badly damaged during the bombing of Dresden in WW II. It was restored by the year 1962. Further restorations were carried following German reunification, when also the bridge to the castle was rebuilt.

The interior is almost bare, with a few beautiful side altars, and the crypts hold the remains of about 50 members of the Wettin family that ruled Saxony.

Notwithstanding the historic interest of the church, when I visited it was totally deserted, and various areas were closed off. There was nobody there to ask information from.
Written 29 May 2023
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parksvisitor
Maple Grove, MN1,373 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
This is a must do in Dresden. The inside of the church opens up majestically, with beautiful furnishings, paintings, etc. We were especially touched by the display off to the side of martyred priests, especially Alojs Andritzki, whose stumbing stone may be found in front of the church. The only complaint is that there were no english subtitles on the display.
Written 16 May 2023
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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 20 December 2022
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E.L.E
Brno, Czech Republic18,606 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Couples
Beautiful building located next to the palace. The church is big inside with lots of artwork on the side walls and some up in the ceiling
Written 31 July 2022
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