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St. Nicholas Church, Leipzig
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Admire a late Romanesque wooden crucifix, the oldest piece of art in the city, at St. Nicholas Church. Built in the 12th century and enlarged in the 16th, the church blends Romanesque and Gothic architecture. Marvel at the interior's mighty columns (designed to resemble palms) and ornamental ceiling. Admire the 30 paintings by Leipzig local Adam Friedrich Oeser. The church rose to fame in 1989 during the Monday Demonstrations' peaceful protests against communist rule. Make St. Nicholas Church a centerpiece of your Leipzig vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Leipzig holiday planner.
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  • An impressive church that contains Bach crypt and a pipe organ that was played by him also! Good place to learn the history of Europe and from the city! 
  • One of the few remnants from the old Leipzig which is a must for your visit to Leipzig. The Church's central historical role both during the second world war and during the revolt in 1989 described and well understood at the time of the visit. The Church's bleak exterior hides a wonderful happy and uplifting interior gives a hope for life and the future.
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  • Have you spent a month in Europe touring church after church, castle after castle and started to wonder if you will ever remember which is which? Stop at St. Nicholas Church and look up! Lovely and de...  more »
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  • nice white interior. a place to visit in Leipzig
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  • A most remarkable church, with an inspiring and deeply-moving history. Make sure you listen to a Bach concert in this church. Bach composed for this instrument, and it shows. The church is the soundbox for the organ, and projects the music inwardly. Each note and chord on the organ sets a different part of your body vibrating. Bach, in other words, plays you. Incomparable. Also noteworthy is the cross nail from Coventry, although what was made out of the remarkable gesture of this gift is rather mundane, but that, too, is part of this church's combined conservative and revolutionary history. The Nikolaikirche is a must-see, but spend some time, sit down, let it soak in. Then drive three hours and visit that other monument to reunification, the Frauenkirche in Dresden, and see what a similar space can be when it hasn't been filled with human resonance yet.