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.
Nikolaikirchhof, Leipzig, D–04109, Germany
Jun 13, 2005
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.