Thursday Photo Friday #12

November 20, 2008

in Architecture, Entertainment, Europe, Free Stuff, Germany, Travel, Web Tips

Traveling in Europe for nearly a decade, I’ve reached a saturation point with churches. Some study-abroad students come down with an unshakable case of ABC Syndrome (short for “Another Boring Church”) in just 10 weeks! Don’t get me wrong: I studied church art intensively and am still moved by the beauty and majesty of many religious temples — but these days it takes a soaring recommendation from the guidebook to get me in the door, which happens only once or maybe twice per trip.

Sometimes I am surprised, however, by a jewel of a church that I just have to recommend. The Pisa Cathedral (Italy) is one I’ve already mentioned; the Nikolaikirche in Leipzig (Germany) is another.

St. Nicholas Church, Leipzig

The pastel color scheme and the natural light give the church a truly uplifting feel while the unique palm-frond column tops reminded me of the tree-like columns designed by Gaudi in Barcelona’s Sagrada Familia. Your eyes are naturally drawn heavenward by the architecture.

I wanted to visit the Nikolaikirche because of the significant role it played in the peace movement leading to the end of the German Democratic Republic in 1989. I was not prepared for it to be so beautiful!

Johann Sebastian Bach was the choirmaster and organist here for over a quarter-century. Regular concerts of Bach’s compositions are held at the church; tickets are 10-15 euros and can be ordered online.

Open daily for visitors (even during weddings and services, it is possible to enter the rear for viewing and gift-shop purchases), even cheapskates can appreciate as admission is free.

Photo Friday aficionados — follow my fellows forthwith!

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

1 retro grrrl 11.21.08 at 12:37 am

lol, I guess you can’t just sightsee churches like you’re checking them off ‘must see’ list. Without the proper context it really becomes ABC (and I don’t mean it religionwise)

2 Jenny 11.21.08 at 4:08 am

It’s nice to see that churches are still going the trend of high ceilings and awesome designs

3 marina 11.21.08 at 5:10 pm

That is a magnificent organ. I’ve heard some play when i traveled thru europe. You won’t find any in central america, i dont’ know, i guess different themes.
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4 minnemom 11.21.08 at 5:45 pm

This is beautiful. Thanks for sharing the story.

5 jamie 11.21.08 at 7:15 pm

It’s like an inside-out wedding cake!

6 Heatheronhertravels 11.22.08 at 12:20 am

That is just like fairy icing.

7 poetloverrebelspy 11.22.08 at 12:39 am

You icing fans need to check out Cake Wrecks.

8 Dominique 11.22.08 at 12:48 am

Definitely unusual with the pastel color scheme.
I’ll bet the concerts there are an amazing experience!

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