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"Little Paris"
by night
Peaceful revolution
1000 Jahre Leipzig

Bavaria /Mittenw.

Leipzig, old town hallThe Old Town Hall of Leipzig
is one of the most important and beautiful Renaissance buildings in Germany. It was constructed in just nine month in 1556/57 under the direction of the Leipzig architect Hieronymus Lotter, 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 Old Town Hall is also the place, where Johann Sebastian Bach signed his employment contract as cantor and Leipzig's musical director.

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 New TownhallThe New Town Hall of Leipzig
From 1899 - 1905 the New Town Hall was built and became the seat of the local government. The magnificent castle represents a mix of elements from late Renaissance, Baroque and Art Noveau. Around 600 rooms on an area of about 10,000 square meters / 836 square yards, including large foyers, conference Rooms and halls belong to the imposing house. The main tower of the building measures  361 feet / 114,5 m, making it the largest town hall in the world. A guided tour of the house takes you from the casemates in the basement up to the top of the tower.

Leipzig, curch of Saint Thomas
Total view
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 until his death in 1750, as composer and cantor. He is buried under a bronze memorial plate in the choir of the church. 
Leipzig, church of Saint Thomas naveIn 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.
Johann Sebastian Bach monument at the St. Thomas Church in Leipzig 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  St. Thomas Boys Choir / Thomanerchor Leipzig Bachfest Leipzig (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 presents performances at authentic places and Bach's domain by internationally acclaimed musicians, orchestral and choral works as well as symphony concerts. The selection of works varies accordingly to the yearly changing motto, which is in 2015 "So herrlich stehst du, liebe Stadt!" So herrlich stehst du, liebe Stadt".

Well worth mentioning is especially also the oldest and biggest church in Leipzig, the St. Nicholas Church, built in 1165. Next to the St. Thomas Church it is the most famous one in Leipzig, not at least also because of the "Monday prayers for peace" hold here, which ultimately led to the peaceful revolution.

The Augustusplatz (Augustus Square) at the eastern border of the inner city is one of the largest city squares in Germany and really beautiful! It is named after the first king of Saxony, Frederick August. With its advantageous tram connection and direct access to the city center via the Grimmaische Straße, the former Via Regia, the Square is a central point for meetings and a variety of events, such as demonstrations, public viewing, the opera ball, Christmas market etc. Bordered by  the Opera House in the north, the Gewandhaus with the Mendebrunnen (Mende fountain) in the south, the City-Hochhaus and the Kroch-Hochhaus as well as the modern main building of the Leipzig University, the Augusteum and the adjacent Paulinum, the Augustus Square is also a scientific-cultural centre.
Leipzig Augustusplatz with University, mendebrunnen, Kroch-Hochhaus, Opera Leipzig Kroch-Hochhaus Leipzig university with Augusteum and Paulinum Leipzig Gewandhaus and City-Hochhaus
Mendebrunnen, University, Krochhaus, Opera
Kroch-Hochhaus University
Augusteum and Paulinum
Gewandhaus, City-Hochhaus

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