St. Thomas Church (Thomaskirche), Leipzig

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St. Thomas Church (Thomaskirche) is most famous for being the resting place of composer Johann Sebastian Bach. It's also where he worked as a choir director. Reformer Martin Luther preached here on Pentecost Sunday in 1539. Today, it is a Lutheran church. In the sanctuary, study the portraits of superintendents of Leipzig. The oldest dates back to 1614. Note the stained-glass windows. One is a portrait of Bach, and another is Felix Mendelssohn. Outside the church, look for the statue of Bach. Use our Leipzig trip maker to visit St. Thomas Church (Thomaskirche) on your trip to Leipzig, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • Those who are interested in Bach, gets around to a visit to the Church not drum. It is a very beautiful church and the tower is well worth a visit. Here you can get a nice view over the rooftops of Leipzig.
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  • ... a must. Bach's organ, Bach's Tomb. The baptismal font, where 11 of his children were baptized. But in addition to a Bach, also a Luther window. Martin Luther was a Pentecost sermon here. Remarkable and beautiful a stained-glass Windows, the doubting Thomas is dedicated to and designed by Hans Gottfried von Stockhausen.
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  • This church has 2 organs, one located to the side, the other at the back. It has undergone restoration& has a beautiful vaulted ceiling. Interestingly after the eastern portico was renovated it was na...  more »
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  • What an amazing historical and architectural site! From Bach's tomb to the unification of Germany this is a must see historical site. Beautiful architecture which is hard to find post WWII. The acoustics in the building are fantastic as they play the organ. For only a euro admission this is great. There is a great small music museum with many old texts and instruments. You can really feel the significance of this building while exploring, I'm not too much of a spiritual person but this place sure made me feel something. Beautiful place to visit and absolutely essential to any music lover.
  • Humble setting despite all the visitors that this Church gets. Tomb of Bach is inside and highly recommend attending a service to hear the choir if time permits (though note that all programme/speeches are in German only).
  • went here as a tourist and had a chance to hear and watch lovely choir.
  • The feeling being even outside the church is just overwhelming. Don't miss the tomb of J S Bach inside! The accoustics are fabulous.
  • Very nice church with lots of history. Besides the concert you can catch an organ practice session every now and then which is also very interesting.

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