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In pictures: Dresden 60 years on
The Frauenkirche as it stands today, rebuilt
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Dresden's baroque Frauenkirche Lutheran church shows why the German city was once called the Florence of the North.
Fauenkirche ruins (photo from 1967)
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But only a few years ago, the same church lay in ruins - a few stumps of brick left over from the wartime blitz.
Bodies on Dresden's streets, 25 February 1945, nearly two weeks after the bombing
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In February 1945, British bombers pounded the city in the final push to topple the Nazis, leaving tens of thousands dead.
Dresden from the top of the city hall: in ruins in 1945 and as it stands in 2005
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Much of Dresden's old beauty is gone forever but, boosted by German reunification, the city has been rebuilt and is thriving.
Dresden's Hofkirche viewed from the organ: in ruins in 1946 and as it stands in 2005
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International donations have helped restore some of its architectural set pieces, such as the Catholic Hofkirche.
Zwinger art galleries: in ruins in 1946 and as they stand in 2005
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The Zwinger art galleries, another baroque masterpiece, have also regained some of their lustre.

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