St. Thomas Church

Leipzig, Germany

St. Thomas Church is associated with a number of well-known composers such as Richard Wagner and Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, but mostly with Johann Sebastian Bach who worked here as a Kapellmeister (music director) from 1723 until his death in 1750. Today, the church also holds his remains. Martin Luther preached here in 1539.

There has been a church at the current site of the Thomaskirche at least since the 12th century. Foundations of a Romanesque building have been discovered in the choir and crossing of the current church. Between 1212 and 1222 the earlier structure became the church of the new St. Thomas Monastery (Stift) of the Augustinian order.

The current building was consecrated by Thilo of Trotha, the Bishop of Merseburg, on 10 April 1496. The reformer Martin Luther preached here on Pentecost Sunday in 1539. The monastic buildings were demolished in 1541 following the monastery's dissolution. The current church tower was first built in 1537 and rebuilt in 1702. Chapels added in the 17th century and an ante-building along the northern front of the nave with two stairways were removed at the end of the 19th century.



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Founded: 1496
Category: Religious sites in Germany
Historical period: Habsburg Dynasty (Germany)

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Lucie Ishida (7 months ago)
For all musiciens the place not to be missed out. The spirit of Bach still vibrating in and around the building.
Julia Tymoshenko (10 months ago)
Beautiful church with fascinating history. Definitely give it a visit if you are in Leipzig.
Mihaela Georgescu (11 months ago)
Beautiful church. Free entrance.
Rob Nicol (11 months ago)
I always visit every time I'm in Leipzig for the Sunday mass/Choir. If you like Bach it's a no brainier
Matej Kliman (12 months ago)
Aside from this being the place with deep connection to Johann Sebastian Bach and beautiful church, we were blessed to be welcome to a service held by Reverend Moore. His sermon still deeply resonates with us! Thank you Reverend Moore and thank God for this (for us) life-changing encounter.
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