The twin spires of the Meißner Dom/Meissen Cathedral © Ricky Yates

On Sunday 16th June, I once more officiated and preached at the monthly English-language Anglican Service of Evening Prayer in the Frauenkirche, Dresden. I was also invited by the Stiftung Frauenkirche Dresden, to attend a sommerliches Grillbuffet, the following evening, an event laid on as a ‘Thank you’, for all the volunteers and staff who help at the Frauenkirche. Deciding it would be silly to return home on Sunday evening, only to drive back to Dresden the next day, I instead stayed overnight and spent several hours on Monday 17th June, exploring the city of Meißen.

Meißen lies about 25km north-west of Dresden on both banks of the Elbe river. It didn’t take that long to drive there and, having found a suitable car park alongside the Elbe, I then set out on foot to explore the historic city centre. Unlike Dresden, it appears not to have suffered much destruction during the Second World War, presumably because of having very little industry and not being a major transport hub.

Meißen Rathaus © Ricky Yates

Walking along Elbstrasse, I soon reached the Markt, overlooked by the Rathaus…

Frauenkirche, Meißen © Ricky Yates

.and by the Frauenkirche.

Burgstrasse © Ricky Yates

Then I headed up Burgstrasse.

A view across the rooftops of Meissen © Ricky Yates

At the end of the street, a series of stone steps took me up towards the Meißner Dom/Meissen Cathedral, to a place where there is this wonderful view across rooftops, towards the Elbe and the railway bridge that crosses the river.

Meißner Dom/Meissen Cathedral © Ricky Yates

Finally, I arrived in the Domplatz with the Meißner Dom/Meissen Cathedral towering in front of me.

Allerheiligenkapelle © Ricky Yates

Entrance to the Dom is not through the large doors at the west end but through another door part way down the south side. Adjacent to this entrance is the Allerheiligenkapelle which is specifically designated as a place of silence. I enjoyed spending time in prayer here, before going on to explore the main building.

There is a entrance fee for visiting the Dom. Arriving at the cash desk and whilst getting my wallet out of my pocket, I explained to the lady cashier in my best German 🙂 , that I was an Anglican priest and the previous evening, had conducted Anglican Evening Prayer in the Frauenkirche, Dresden. Upon hearing this, she gave me my entrance ticket free of charge! Maybe this was because of her name – Frau Engel/Mrs Angel 🙂

Below are some more photographs of the interior of the Dom.

The nave of the Dom © Ricky Yates

Interior of west end© Ricky Yates

Triptych behind the nave altar © Ricky Yates

The Hoher Chor © Ricky Yates

Triptych behind the altar in the Hoher Chor © Ricky Yates

Luther is watching you 😉 © Ricky Yates

Hymns of Praise © Ricky Yates

I would like to have attended this event, held the previous evening. Interestingly, it is called ‘Hymns of Praise’ in English, and featured the compositions of Antonín Dvorák from the country where I now live, and of John Rutter, from the country where I used to live.

View across the Elbe © Ricky Yates

Walking around the edge of the rocky outcrop on which the Dom is situated, there is a splendid view across the Elbe. Afterwards, I treated myself to an excellent lunch at a restaurant overlooking the Domplatz, accompanied by locally produced liquid refreshment 🙂

Meissner Bier © Ricky Yates

One place I didn’t visit was the Albrechtsburg, the castle that adjoins the Dom. As you can see, it is currently undergoing major restoration work which rather detracts from this iconic view from alongside the Elbe. A reason to make a return visit at some future date.

Meißner Dom and Albrechtsburg © Ricky Yates


8 comments to Meißen

  • Peter McGregor

    Meissen is known the world over for Meissen porcelain. Is it possible to visit the porcelain works? Indeed, is it still in Meissen?

    • Ricky

      Hi Peter,
      There was a sign to a porcelain manufacturer’s premises but I didn’t visit it. So my understanding is that Meissen porcelain is still manufactured in the city.

  • Robert Doolittle

    Wonderful blog post Ricky. We spent some time in Meissen many years ago, and found the city delightful. A nice contrast with Dresden. Thank you so much for the photos. You do find Luther in many places, particularly in the square where the Dresden Frauenkirche is located. Luther is always reminding us to keep close to the Word.
    Regards, Bob

    • Ricky

      Thank you, Bob. Like you, I found Meissen delightful and, as you say, quite a contrast to Dresden. Luther does pop up quite regularly in this part of Germany. There were in fact, two pictures of him in the Meißner Dom – I only posted one of them. In both, he is holding a Bible. A reminder of the pre-eminence of scripture. And he certainly looks down at you in the Neumarkt, Dresden, as you approach the Frauenkirche.

  • Chris Lehmann

    Yes, you can visit the porcelain factory in Meissen and take a very interesting tour. Its a short walk from the center.

    • Ricky

      Thank you, Chris. I assume this is the factory to which I saw the sign as I said in reply to Peter. A reason to make a return visit 🙂

  • Heather Garnett

    Such an interesting blog. Glad you are enjoying exploring. Like you we are finding out about our new home and appreciating our surroundings. You have certainly embraced your new lifestyle. Well done getting free entry to the cathedral. ?. Very best wishes Heather and Fred

    • Ricky

      Glad you enjoyed this blog post, Heather. Likewise, I’m pleased to hear you are enjoying the surroundings of your new home in the East Midlands.

      As for getting free entry into into Meissen Cathedral, it wasn’t my intention. I was just trying to be friendly towards Frau Engel. But it did save me €4.50 🙂