St Thomas Church (Thomaskirche) Tours

St Thomas Church (Thomaskirche)
One of two places of worship in the center of Leipzig, St. Thomas Church is home to the remains of composer Johann Sebastian Bach, who once worked as the church’s music director. The current building dates to the end of the 15th century, and the roof above its vaulted ceiling is one of the steepest in Germany. Martin Luther preached at St. Thomas on Pentecost Sunday in 1539, but the church may be best known for the St. Thomas Boys’ Choirs founded centuries earlier, in 1212.

A 223-foot (68-m) church tower rises above the surrounding skyline, featuring four bells that ring hourly and on the quarter hour. The church contains two organs, one of which was built in semblance to Bach's in the Paulinekirche—as well as a Gothic altar. Next to the church is a sculpture of Bach, added in 1908.

Practical Information

St. Thomas Church stands in the center of Leipzig. To get there, take the SBahn to Keipzig Markt or the tram to Thomaskirche. A stop at the church is also included in many walking tours of Leipzig. The famous boys’ choir performs Friday at 6pm and Saturday at 3pm, with tickets available 45 minutes beforehand for two EUR. Tours of the church tower are available from April through the end of November, at 1pm, 2pm, and 4:30pm on Saturdays, and 2pm and 3pm on Sundays.
Address: Thomaskirchhof 18, Leipzig, Germany
Hours: 9am–6pm daily
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