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Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt and Thuringia Sights

Nikolaikirche (St. Nicholas Church)

  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

Updated 11/07/2013

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This church with its undistinguished facade was center stage during the demonstrations that helped bring down the Communist regime. Every Monday for months before the government collapsed, thousands of citizens gathered in front of the church chanting "Wir sind das Volk" ("We are the people"). Inside are a soaring Gothic choir and nave. Note the unusual patterned ceiling supported by classical pillars that end in palm-tree-like flourishes. Martin Luther is said

to have preached from the ornate 16th-century pulpit. The prayers for peace that began the revolution in 1989 are still held on Monday at 5 pm.

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Nikolaikirchhof, Leipzig, D–04109, Germany



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  • Free
  • Mon.–Sat. 10–6; Sun. services at 9:30, 11:15, and 5

Updated 11/07/2013


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By Karla

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Jun 13, 2005

Sometimes the people can make a difference, however long it takes

I had the eye-opening experience of visiting family in East Germany when I was 17. I had the good fortune to visit again as an adult after the wall came down. Anyone who has DDR history must make this church a pilgrimage site. If you are not moved to tears at the importance of this church, there is something wrong with you. I am proud to say that my Uncle took part in the Monday night demonstrations. Leipzig has so many fantastic things to offer,

theater, history, music, sports, shopping, night life etc., but this is a must see.

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