When you visit Dresden, you can't escape the destruction of Dresden that occurred on the night of 13-14 February 1945, in the final months of the Second World War. That event was Dresden's Hiroshima; indeed the city is still recovering today. Virtually all the buildings that look centuries old are in fact almost new, having been completed in only the last decade.
At the old gasworks on Gasanstaltstrasse, an exhibition of a very different kind - Panometer Dresden - is currently on display about the bombing of Dresden, which killed 25,000 people on a single night. It features photographs taken at the time, but which have been enlarged to such massive proportions that visitors need to climb a 15-metre high platform to view the panoramic scenes of destruction, draped around a large inner wall 30 metres high and 100 metres in circumference, inside a circular building. The photographs, I understand, were then painted over to result in a product unlike anything seen before of that tragic event. The exhibition is by Asisi. See www.asisi.de
This is the Kreuzkirche, which inexplicably survived the bombing.