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St. Thomas Church, Leipzig, Germany (St. Thomaskirche)

Bach Statue in front of St. Thomaskirche [photo: Zarafa, CC BY-SA 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/ , via Wikimedia Commons]
Bach Statue in front of St. Thomaskirche [photo: Zarafa, CC BY-SA 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/ , via Wikimedia Commons]

Location: Thomaskirchhof 18, 04109 Leipzig

Especially two names are connected with St. Thomas’s Church in Leipzig.

Johann Sebastian Bach worked here for 27 years as cantor of St. Thomas’s Church and Martin Luther preached in the Church at Whitsun in 1539 on the occasion of the introduction of reformation. The church was founded in 1212 by Dietrich von Meißen and unites different architectural styles dating back to different times.

In the 13th century it was built in Romanesque style and later completed in Gothicstyle. But you can find Baroque and Renaissance elements, too.

The Church is also the main venue of the St. Thomas Boys Choir, one of Germany’s best-known Church choirs, which was also founded in 1212. Today, Visitors are above all attracted by the monument to J.S. Bach created in 1908 by Carl Steffner and located in the Church’s courtyard. Holding a sheet of music in his right hand Bach touches the key of an organ behind him with the other one. The composer himself is buried in the chancel of the church.

Leipzig Bach Archive opposite the church shows genuine Bach memorabilia. His music is played there on numerous occasions.

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