The old spire cross, a symbol of watchfulness and remembrance, was formerly the dome’s crowning feature at a height of 91 m. In 1993, it was discovered in the course of the archaeological rubble clearance work in a marked yet, formally, otherwise largely undamaged state. The decision was made to not rebuild the spire cross and hoist it back to its original location, but instead erect it in the interior of the Frauenkirche. Here, its dominant presence is a clear call for remembrance and reflection. Visitors are able to light candles and place them under the cross as well as write down the message of their prayers in a special book also laid out beneath it.
A new, shiny spire cross is now perched on top of the Frauenkirche dome. In a special way, it embodies the power of reconciliation. Sponsored by the people of Great Britain and their royal family and crafted by the son of one of the pilots who bombarded Dresden at the end of the war, it now proclaims the Frauenkirche’s own special message – build bridges – live reconciliation – bolster belief. On the occasion of the 55th anniversary of Dresden’s destruction on 13th February 2000, His Royal Highness The Duke of Kent, in his function as patron of the Dresden Trust, handed over the finished cross to the Frauenkirche. Up until the time the dome was completed, the cross stood outside the west façade of the Frauenkirche, before being hoisted up to its proper, precarious location together with the lantern and lantern cover on 22nd June 2004.