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Goetheanum, Dornach

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The Goetheanum, located in Dornach (near Basel), Switzerland, is the world center for the anthroposophical movement. The building was designed by Rudolf Steiner and named after Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. It includes two performance halls (1500 seats), gallery and lecture spaces, a library, a bookstore, and administrative spaces for the Anthroposophical Society; neighboring buildings house the Society's research and educational facilities. Conferences focusing on themes of general interest or directed toward teachers, farmers, doctors, therapists, and other professionals are held at the center throughout the year.Both the present Goetheanum building and its precursor have been widely cited as masterpieces of modern architecture,The Goetheanum is open for visitors seven days a week and offers tours several times daily.First GoetheanumThe First Goetheanum, a timber and concrete structure designed by Rudolf Steiner, was one of seventeen buildings Steiner designed and supervised between 1908 and 1925. It was intended as a Gesamtkunstwerk (the synthesis of diverse artistic media and sensory effects), infused with spiritual significance. Begun in 1913 to house the annual summer theater events of the Anthroposophical Society, it rapidly became the center of a small colony of spiritual seekers located in Dornach and based around Steiner. Numerous visual artists contributed to the building: architects created the unusual double-dome wooden structure over a curving concrete base, stained glass windows added color into the space, painters decorated the ceiling with motifs depicting the whole of human evolution, and sculptors carved huge column bases, capitals, and architraves with images of metamorphoses.
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  • This visit is worth a visit, the Goetheanum has a large public library, a library, classrooms and Conference. You can also see stained glass obtained by the hatched drawing technique, as well as the sculpted group of the representative of humanity, who escaped the fire of the first Goetheanum, because he was not yet in place.
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  • In the bright, light-flooded foyer, you can comfortably drink coffee, enjoy good cakes or snacks. Who wants to learn more about the Goetheanum and the anthroposophy, can book a guided tour or take part in an event. The bookshop invites you to browse, you will find not only anthroposophical books but selected new releases - the advice is very good. The puppet shows for children are recommended. Faust will be shown in its entirety and the theater program can be also seen. Lohnened is also the closer environment to explore, the nursery surprised each year with a colourful planting. Old vegetables and herbs are written and you learn incidentally through convenient locations and the Anwendung.Wer always still not enough has, take a look at the surrounding area. An architecture trail leads to the most important and most extraordinary buildings.
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  • A tourist attraction of a special kind. Not only the building invites you to visit, but also to the Park and the whole village is worth a visit and suitable for recreation and a short pause.
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  • Some interesting history about the construction architecture and idealogy of the Goetheanum definetly worth a visit if you have a some hours to explore.
  • Amazing place. I'm studying Anthroposophy , Hope to come back again when I knoe more about life.
  • I love the architecture. Been here 6 times and I feel absolutely at home in this area
  • Interesting architecture but it's facade somehow looks unfinished. The inside is eccentric to be honest. I would recommend visiting as a means of ticking off 'wierd' on your 'places to visit'
  • Its interesting but for me it was too much of a religious place.