The Bombing of Dresden

This is one of the most famous churches in Dresden that was bombed to bits in WWII. When it was rebuilt just recently, they reused some of the old burned black bricks in the construction. If you look close, you can still see them in there on occasion.

This comes from my photography tutorial, located here!

The Bombing of Dresden

  • change-man

    very nice framing – love the clouds behind the church, I imagine they are similar to the ones when it was originally bombed – don’t know if that was intentional or not, but am appreciative for a beautiful picture as well as history!

    appreciate the inclusion of the outside patio scene in lower right level – nice warm colors of people and green plants to contrast/complement the stone and sky.

    nice work Trey!

  • Rutledge

    Beautiful picture, as usual. Sad and poignant history about the fire-bombing of this town. Hitler made it necessary, and America’s Marshall Plan rebuilt most of the city, and indeed, most of western Europe. I’ve been to Germany and was very happy to see how well Americans are treated there, and how pleased they are that things did not go as horribly as they could have, after the war.

  • Mike Phelan

    The additional Real beauty lays in the acoustics Inside with a brass quintet playing Lohengrin or Wagner TOTALLY UNBELIEVEABLE Brides Chorus is special
    this view is a treat to the eye Please show it to me again in a winter snow
    Lest ye forget beauty IS this portrait
    T R E Y a thousand polished pebbles to you !! do not go to soon we need more!

  • D’Elda

    I understand Hiroshoma, Nagasaki, bombing of Toyko,and other horrors, but never will understand February 13, 1945, and what happened to Dresden. Thank you for a beautiful picture of what Dresden is now. It helps a bit.

  • Fran

    What an unusual building. Your picture of it is great!

  • Thanks!

    From my understanding, the Allies figured out that Dresden is where the ball-bearings for Axis tanks were produced. If we could cripple the ball-bearing supply, then the Nazis could not build any more tanks.

  • Phil

    Please, do not start discussing the bombing when you have no real historic knowledge. It does not matter for this brilliant picture. It shows a building that was recently rebuilt – whatever the reason for the destruction was. The clouds and people make for a great contrast.

    Perfect work as usual Trey.

  • Matthias

    Unbelievable beautiful. One of the most exciting pictures of the Fraunekirche (literally “Womens’ Church”), and I see the original almost every day. However, I’d like to point out that the dark stones are not burnt. This is the usual sign of corrosion of the material: sandstone. In some decades, the whole church will be dark brown to gray.

    After standing as a ruin for almost 50 years it took more than ten years to rebuild. This was, because each remaining stone laying around the ruin was indexed and it’s original location in the churche’s architecture was recovered. This is where you can find those old, dark stones today: at their original location.

  • John Sweeney

    Thanks to Matthias for the info on how the rebuilding went. And thanks for the pictures. You do “look up” a lot in your shots, toward the sky. Every “look down”?

  • My Dresden ……… As a young boy in the U.S.A. I read of the fire bombing and also saw it on newsreel footage at the local movie house. At that time I did not understand WHY. As an Air Force person stationed in Germany (1954-’57) I met a great family that fled Breslau (Wroclaw) and I continue to keep in contact with them. Last year I decided to visit their home town when they informed me, after all of these years that as children, they arrived in Dresden by train on the morning of the second bombing while it was in progress. You do not want to hear of this insanity from a survivor.
    My trip of one month included five days in Breslau (Wroclaw) and two days in Dresden.
    I would suggest the following DVD from Amazon
    “Firestorm Over Dresden (DVD – 1945)”. On that DVD, is the answer to my childhood “WHY” (amen).
    I also have the DVD documentary of the rebuilding of the Frauenkirche and gives its history. The word for word translation is as Matthias stated, but the translation is “Church of Our Lady” to honor the mother of Jesus. It started as a Catholic church and when it went “Luthern” at the time of reformation, the name was kept in place.
    This started out as “My Dresden”, because tears come to my eyes whenever I watch my DVD’s or talk to my two remaining friends of those terrible days.

  • Thanks again Trey

  • just discovered your site. IMMORTAL!

  • LCItala

    what can one say? some people have the gift and talent to use it. thank you a thousand times…it is beautiful.

  • i visited dresden, too!, i drunk a coffee in the café which you can see at the right side on the picture. can recommend it ^^.

    nice picture by the way

  • thaaa you

  • Trey, next time you’ll be in Dresden feel free to ring me up… Also, if you need any historic information about Dresden, feel free to drop me a line… will try to help ya out.
    Btw., your shots are simply amazing!!!

    Keep up your fantastic work!

  • what an amazing pic
    i’m too excited

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