The Katholische Hofkirche –The Catholic Church of the Royal Court of Saxony –is a Roman Catholic Cathedral, located in the ‘Altstadt’ in the heart of Dresden, in Germany. Previously the most important Catholic parish church of the city, it was elevated to cathedral of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Dresden-Meissen in 1964.
The Hofkirche stands as one of Dresden’s foremost landmarks. It was built by architect Gaetano Chiaveri from 1738 to 1751. The church was commissioned by Frederick Augustus II, Elector of Saxony and King of Poland. In the crypt the heart of King August the Strong is buried along with the last King of Saxony and the remains of 49 other members of the Wettin family as well as people who married into the family, such as Princess Maria Carolina of Savoy, wife of Anthony of Saxony.
The church was badly damaged during World War II and was restored during the mid-1980s under the East German regime. Today it is the cathedral of the diocese. It has Silbermann’s last and biggest organ.
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