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The St. Thomas Church is one of two houses of worship in Leipzig's city center. Home of the St. Thomas Boys Choir and a place of musical creativity; it is also the final resting place of the famous St. Thomas Cantor, Johann Sebastian Bach. Today, visitors from all over the world come to Leipzig to observe church services in the St. Thomas Church, hear a motet from the St. Thomas Boys Choir, or to take pleasure in concerts and organ music.
The History of St Thomas Church
The famous composer's remains have been buried inside the St Thomas Church since 1950. After his death on July 28 of 1750 following an illness, Bach was buried in the hospital cemetery of the Johanniskirche of Leipzig. Bach fell into rather modest obscurity for a while after his death until a revival of his popularity in the 19th Century led by another local Composer, Mendelssohn. Visiting the grave is the most popular thing to do at St Thomas Church.
When doing a St Thomas Church tour, do not miss to see the statues. A statue of Johann Sebastian Bach by the Leipzig sculptor Carl Seffner from 1908 stands next to the church. And a statue of Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, who lived in Leipzig from 1835 until his death in 1847 and was a champion in the revived interest in Bach stands just outside the west entrance. The original statue by Werner Stein was erected in 1892, at the Orchestra Hall (Gewandhaus) where Mendelssohn had been the director of the Gewandhaus Orchestra, but the statue was removed by the Nazis in 1936 because of his Jewish heritage. The statue was recreated and placed next to the St Thomas Church on October 18 of 2008, on the 200th Anniversary of the romantic composer's birthday. .
Tours of the church steeple are offered weekends from April to the end of November. Tours begin at 1 pm, 2 pm and 4:30 pm on Saturdays and at 2 pm and 3 pm on Sundays. Aside from a spectaucular voew of Leipzig, isitors can view the 500-year old Gothic roof truss of the St. Thomas Church. The entrance fee is EUR 2 per person; children under 12 years are free. Guided tours of the steeple for private groups are also available with advanced registration. This is one of the best things to do at St Thomas Church.
How to Get Tickets?
You don't need to purchase a St Thomas Church ticket to visit it. It opens for public when services are not in session. There is a small fee if you want to hire a guide and the church accepts donations.
How To Get Around?
St Thomas Church tour can be done by walking. The area is wheelchair friendly as well. From the church, you can take a tram, ride a bike, or walk to various tourist attractions nearby.
What Should I Wear?
Since it is a religious site, visitors must dress modestly during their St Thomas Church tour. Cover your shoulders and knees when you visit it.
Best Time to Visit
You can visit the church at any time of the year. The St. Thomas Church is open daily from 9 am to 6 pm. Check your calendar before going as the church might be closed for public during Christian holidays.
Will I Need a Guide?
You will not need a service of a guide for a St Thomas Church tour. Guided tours with a cost of EUR 1 per person are available by the staff of the St. Thomas Church by appointment.
How To Get There?
St Thomas Church is located in the city center, it is easy to reach by any means of transport. You can drive, walk, or ride here. There is a tram / bus stop a few minutes away from the church.
St Thomas Church is a religious site, therefore you must be respectful when you are here. Do not leave your trash in the church area, there are trash bins provided there.