Photo by: Magdeburg
We’ve been on a “church” roll lately, but for good reason, this one especially geared towards classical music enthusiasts. Fans, especially of Bach, can make a special pilgrimage to Thomaskirche Leipzig to visit the Lutheran church that is now home to the remains of the celebrated classical musician, and the place where he served as conductor of one of Germany’s oldest and most famous choirs.
Thomaskirche Leipzig is a humble church. It has a tower, which was first built in 1537 was later reconstructed in 1702, giving it its current height of 68 meters. Its current altar is a recycled one, the former Gothic altar of the Paulinerkirche which was destroyed in 1968 by the Communist authorities. While Thomaskirche Leipzig may not be as architecturally grand as the one we recently wrote about, Thomaskirche Leipzig has withstood the test of time given its brush with a World War, but without some help. Damage from the sulfur and other pollutants was deteriorating its interior, moisture and insects damaging its roof structure. Consequently, it was listed in the 2000 World Monuments Watch. Action was taken swiftly, as financial support flooded from some major donors. Today, Thomaskirche Leipzig still sits in its original location since the 12th century.
Its most celebrated historical facet is Johann Sebastian Bach, who served as its choir director from 1723 until his death in 1750. An interesting fact is that Thomaskirche Leipzig wasn’t home to his remains until after World War II, following the destruction of the Leipzig Johanneskirche, which was its original location.
Pay your respects to the musical great, or simply just relish in the city’s history by visiting Thomaskirche Leipzig. Sure it’s a small city, but it’s just one of the many things to do in Leipzig.