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Leipzig, old town hall
The Old Townhall of Leipzig

is one of the most important Renaissance buildings in Germany. It was constructed in just nine month in 1556/57 under the direction of the Leipzig architect Hieronymus Lotter.
City, on the pretty historic marketplace. It is 90 meters long with arcades, six gables and a tower with open balcony for public announcements and events. The position of the tower follows the ancient ideal of "golden ratio".

The building is a museum now, which gives a true picture of the city's history. The most beautiful room is probably the old council chamber with parts of the original furnishing and decoration as well as silverware. Very impressive is the huge Banqueting Hall with Renaissance interior and open fireplaces. It is used for concerts and cultural events now. Interesting also is the treasure chamber. Leipzig Old Town Hall Travel Giude (Video)

Leipzig, curch of Saint Thomas Church of St. Thomas and St. Thomas Boys Choir

The Church of St. Thomas was founded in 1212 as the church of the Augustinian Canons' seminary. From their practice of music making during services the world famous St. Thomas Boys Choir emerged 800 years ago. The great composer Johann Sebastian Bach was working here for 27 years, from 1723 Leipzig, church of Saint Thomas interioruntil his death in 1750, as composer and cantor. He is buried under a bronze memorial plate in the chancel. 
In 1539 also Martin Luther preached here.

800 years musica sacra has shaped the St. Thomas Boys Choir's past and put it on the world's cultural map. In particular the works by Johann Sabastion Bach have had a formative influence.
On Fridays at 6 p.m. and on Saturdays at 3 p.m. - in keeping with a long-standing tradition - the choir delights church visitors with it's singing.

In honour of great musician and cantor Johann Sebastian Bach and his long-standing work at Leipzig, the Bach Archive Leipzig organizes every year the international Bach Festival. With this popular cultural event the city follows a more than one-hundred-year-old musical tradition in the frame of the cultivation of Bach's musical heritage. The ten day event starting at Pentecost presents performances at authentic places and Bach's domain by internationally acclaimed musicians, orchestral and choral works as well as symphony concerts. The composers included vary accordingly to the yearly changing motto, which is in 2011 for example "... Italian Gusto".

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