George Bähr, the German architect who is best known for his design of the Baroque Dresden Frauenkirche, was born on this day 350 years ago.

Bähr was apprenticed to a carpenter at a very early age and Official records indicate that he also engaged in work on the mechanics of the camera obscura, then a popular device, and the workings of musical instruments. By the age of 39 he was the master carpenter of Dresden.

Bähr designed churches in Loschwitz, Schmiedeberg and Forchheim before the Dresden city council commissioned him to work on the Frauenkirche. Read more at Encyclopædia Britannica.

The Frauenkirche survived the firebombing of Dresden during World War II, but collapsed the following day due to the effects of fire and would later be reconstructed. More information available at New World Encyclopedia.

If you are interested in finding out more about Dresden, “a unique city, with a fascination which has evolved throughout a turbulent history”, see The History of Dresden.

To discover all of what this amazing city has to offer, be sure to check out its Official Tourist Information Center.