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“The home of the Thomaner boys' choir”

St. Thomas Church (Thomaskirche)
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Leipzig 2-Hour City Center Walking Tour
Ranked #2 of 143 things to do in Leipzig
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Owner description: Bach served as the choirmaster at this church, to which his grave was moved in 1949, for the last 27 years of his life.
Drammen, Norway
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“The home of the Thomaner boys' choir”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 12, 2013

Having watched a program on TV about this choir this was our main aim in Leipzig. Unfortunately they had started their summer holiday during our stay, but we went to an evening service. Then a choir from London was singing, which gave us a good indication of the acoustics. The following day we came back to have a wander in and around the church, visiting Bach's grave and the souvenir shop. Well worth a visit.

Visited August 2013
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Fort Bragg, California
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“Place of pilgrimage for lovers of Bach”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 30, 2013

This is the church where Johann Sebastian Bach spent his last 28 years. He trained and directed the choir, played the organ and directed the orchestra. The church dates back to the 12th Century. Martin Luther preached here in 1539. Highly recommend a visit to this church and if you are lucky there may be a choir or organ performance.

Visited May 2013
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Richmond, Virginia
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“In Bach's presence”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 30, 2013

Interesting old church, but not overly embellished. For €2 (or more if you're generous) I caught a 3PM Saturday performance of the Thomanenchor (world renown St. Thomas Boy's Choir). Lovely organ, small orchestra, and boys choir was a simply perfect way to sit and relax for an hour and a half or so. Actually, it's a church service but prayers and sermon were minimal and well worth the concert. Don't expect to see much of the musicians as they are in the loft, mostly out of sight. Soloists step up to their rail being visible to the congregation. The church filled quickly but it's not important to arrive too early; all seats are about equal. It was absolutely lovely to listen to Bach's music and his choir where he composed and directed for so long.

Visited September 2013
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Newport Beach, California
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“Where where Bach and Mozart have played”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 19, 2013

Our visit was special as organist was practicing. The church is spare, but very interesting. it is in beautiful small square. An easy rewarding visit.

Visited September 2013
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Bishops Stortford UK
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“Very atmospheric”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 16, 2013

For lovers of Bach this is a very special place. To stand by his tomb, on which a rose is placed every day, was very special.
Sadly our visit did not coincide with any live music, but this did not detract from our visit.

Visited September 2013
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