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The Dresden Frauenkirche (Church of Our Lady) is a Lutheran church in Dresden. An earlier church building was Roman Catholic until it became Protestant during the Reformation, and was replaced in the 18th century by a larger Baroque Lutheran building.

The church was destroyed in the bombing of Dresden during World War II, on 13 February 1945. About 650,000 incendiary bombs that were dropped on the city generated the heat of 1,000 °C.
The church collapsed and the remaining ruins were left for 50 years as a war memorial.

The church was rebuilt after the reunification of Germany, hundreds of architects, art historians and engineers sorted the thousands of stones, identifying and labeling each for reuse in the new structure, the reconstruction was completed in 2004. Rebuilding the church cost €180 million.
After the reopening the Church of Our Lady is a tourist destination in Dresden. Since 2005 seven million people have visited the church.

(According to Wikipedia)

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