Katholische Hofkirche in Dresden, Germany


Balustrades of the Dresden Katholische Hofkirche and tower of the Residenzschloss

One of the places we visited on our 2014 trip to Germany with LutherTours was the city of Dresden.  There are many remarkable things to see, especially considering that most of Dresden was heavily damaged during World War II by incindiary bombs.  The Katholische Hofkirche, or the Dresden Catholic Cathedral, was very impressive.  I marveled at the statues perched atop the balustrades–Biblical and historical figures, 78 in all, measuring 10 feet tall.  To the left of the cathedral is the Residenzschloss.  One of the oldest buildings in Dresden, Saxon rulers lived in the castle from the early 16th century.  It houses several museums, including a coin museum, armory, and the Green vault (home to the largest collection of European treasures).


Statues of Biblical and historical figures. Katholische Hofkirche, Dresden.


“Untimely Contemporaries” by Bernd Göbel

A statue in Leipzig entitled "Untimely Contemporaries"

A statue in Leipzig entitled “Untimely Contemporaries”

This was one of the more unusual sculptures that I saw in Leipzig, Germany. Its title is “Unzeitgemäße Zeitgenossen” which seems to translate to “Untimely Contemporaries” in English, a kind of German pun. The artist Bernd Göbel was apparently unhappy with the hypocrisy of the Communist East Germany and put his frustration into this piece of art. It is amazing that he was allowed to create it, much less display it in a prominent place near the Augustusplatz. According to Rick Steves (via travelblog.org) “…insulting, exaggerated caricatures of hypocritical DDR figures. For example, the teacher clutches a mallet used to pound communist ideology into her students; the third guy over, with the too-big laurel wreath covering his eyes, is detonating St. Paul’s Church.”