The city of Leipzig in eastern Germany celebrates an extraordinary triple anniversary in 2012. The church, choir and school which all bear the name St Thomas reach their 800th birthdays this year.
The Gothic construction of Thomaskirche which stands in the city’s historic center dates back to the late 15th century, but the first church named for St Thomas was dedicated in 1212. Though relatively modest in scale, the church has hosted some exceptional guests over the centuries: Martin Luther preached here, Mozart played the organ and Richard Wagner was baptized. But the church’s most illustrious association is that with the composer widely considered the greatest ever: Johann Sebastian Bach.
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