Visitors climb to Frauenkirche's restored dome

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2 February 2005, DRESDEN - The Frauenkirche, the monumental Dresden church rebuilt over the past decade from the rubble of the Second World War, allowed visitors to climb on top of its lofty dome on Tuesday, achieving another restoration milestone. Since the aim was a replica of the original all-sandstone church consecrated in 1734, the modern conveniences in the ascent are restricted to an elevator ride part of the way. Visitors have to walk up a 157-metre-long ramp, then clamber up ladder-like stairs. Ch

2 February 2005

DRESDEN - The Frauenkirche, the monumental Dresden church rebuilt over the past decade from the rubble of the Second World War, allowed visitors to climb on top of its lofty dome on Tuesday, achieving another restoration milestone.

Since the aim was a replica of the original all-sandstone church consecrated in 1734, the modern conveniences in the ascent are restricted to an elevator ride part of the way. Visitors have to walk up a 157-metre-long ramp, then clamber up ladder-like stairs.

Church officials said a small queue of tourists and curious Dresden residents built up soon after the doors were opened.

The look-out platform is 67 metres above the city.

The baroque church, which collapsed after fire-bombing on 13 to 14 February 1945, is to be reconsecrated on 30 October this year. An entrance charge for the platform of EUR 8  per person will help fund the restoration, which began in 1993.

DPA

Subject: German news

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