The composer Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) spent 27 years in Leipzig as cantor at St Thomas's School and the city's director of music. Bach composed great quantities of church music in Leipzig, including the Magnificat, the St. John Passion and the St. Matthew Passion.
Thirteen of his twenty children were born here.
This bust of Bach is in the St. Nicholas Church (Nikolaikirche), where he often played the organ and directed the choir. Concerts of Bach's music are still held regularly in this church.
Johann Sebastian Bach was born on March 21, 1685 in the city of Eisenach, which is about 150 kilometers west of Leipzig.
Leipzig has been spared much of the communist legacy of the East German days, unlike some of its nearby cities. What remains has either been demolished, or prettied up by painting colorful murals on the side of the ugly square concrete office blocks. Also, instead of the endless concrete grey tower blocks of East Berlin, the outskirts of Leipzig consist of elegant turn of the century buildings flanking wide boulevards.
Even what evidence of communism remains is not so bad, like the Hochhaus, and it could pass for any number of office blocks built in the West during the same period. You probably wouldn't even notice it was from the communist era, if it wasn't for the monument to workers that you can see in Augustusplatz (see picture).
Like many towns and cities in East Germany there are still a number of old East German cars around to give the city a unique flavour, especially those filthy old Trabants.
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This church was founded in about 1165. It has been a Protestant church since 1539.
Weekly prayers for peace were held here on Monday evenings throughout the 1980s, and these gradually developed into the Monday demonstrations against the GDR regime. In October 1989 these demonstrations attracted over 100,000 people, and started spreading to other East Germany cities, leading to the fall of the GDR and the reunification of Germany.
At several places in downtown Leipzig there are text-panels with information about the events of October and November 1989.
This one in front of the opera house describes the "Day of Decision" on 9 October 1989.
"After the peace prayers in four Leipzig churches, more than 70,000 citizens demonstrated against the SED regime [SED = Socialist Unity Party of Germany, the ruling party of the East German state] with the slogans "No Violence" and "We are the People", in spite of their great fear of armed clashes. The assembled 8,000 armed forces (police, members of fighting groups and soldiers of the National People's Army) withdrew in face of the demonstrating masses.
The peaceful course of the 9th of October was considered a victory over the regime. From now on the protests spread out over the entire country. The SED, however, spent the next few weeks preparing to break up the demonstrations by force. At the same time, the party conducted "Dialogue" meetings in an attempt to end the demonstrations by establishing a long-overdue dialogue with the citizens.
In the following weeks the number of demonstrators increased steadily. On the 6th of November 400,000 people demonstrated for democratic change. Hundreds of thousands kept on demonstrating even after the opening of the Wall on November 9th."
In St. Nicholas Church you can still see one of the original hand-drawn "Swords into ploughshares" posters announcing the Monday peace prayers.
The slogan is from the Bible, Old Testament, Isaiah 2:4:
They will beat their swords into ploughshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will not take up sword against nation, nor will they train for war anymore.
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You can't miss them they are all over the city center. Have a look at Specks's Hof and the Mädlerpassage (see picture) - it's a wonderful experience just to walk around and look here and there, have a coffee, watch people walking around, looking here and there, having a coffee ...
Favorite thing: I really love fountains. And this one in Leipzig made me laugh. In front of the New City Hall there is this beautiful fountain, depicting lots of kids and their pets, dogs and rabbits etc. And they all had cigarettes in their mouths!! Very weird, these kids in Leipzig... My visit was early in the year, after a strong winter, so most of the fountains were without water at the time, unfortunately. The solution: it wasn't cigarettes of course what they had in their mouths but the little piece where normally the water is splashing out... Just normal kids after all!
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Thin twice to this, it's so common in today's business world that you cannot even believe it was different before.
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