Popular by the name Herderkirche (after Johann Gottfried Herder), the lovely Church of St. Peter and Paul is the most important church building of the town of Weimar. Its history can be traced back to the year 1245. Other names for the church include Schlosskirche.
The famous philosopher and theologian Johann Gottfried Herder was buried in the church. The church was originally designed in Gothic style. Fires destroyed much of how it really looked. The architecture of the church is considered unusual with bright pink balconies adorning its sides. Even then the church is awe-inspiring. Things that one can notice in the church include-
- Parts of a mural of St. Ursula.
- The remarkable altarpiece, crucifixion triptych made by Lucas Cranach the Elder and Lucas Cranach the Younger in 1555.
- The great organ with 53 stops.
The church serves as a venue for concerts of Thüringer Bachwochen festival. It is said that in the bygone era, Bach himself played the organ at the church and that Bach cantatas was performed here for the first time. The Stadtkirche St. Peter and Paul is a part of the World Heritage Site.
- Recommended time to visit: 11 AM – 3 PM
- Residenz Cafe and Restaurant
- Sachsischer Hof
- La Tarte
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95% of people who visit Weimar include Stadtkirche St. Peter And Paul in their plan
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The Late Gothic Town Church of St Peter and Paul was built as a three-nave hall church between 1498 and 1500. The first church was built on this site in 1245-49. The foundations of the west tower are among the oldest building sections in the town. Of the Late Gothic church fittings, there remain the christening font, the steps to the pulpit - which was converted to Baroque style - and parts of a wall painting of Saint Ursula under the organ gallery. The main attraction is the winged altar which was begun in 1552 by Lucas Cranach the Elder and completed by his son. Of interest is also the Luther Shrine, a triptych dating from 1572, which shows Martin Luther as a monk, as Squire George and as a teacher. Martin Luther often preached in this church, Johann Sebastian Bach often played here and two of his sons were christened here. Between 1776-1803, Johann Gottfried Herder was the senior court preacher, senior consistorial counsellor, general superintendent and vicar at the Town Church and the people of Weimar also call the church the "Herder Church" after him.
Nice historic church. Here it is so famous for the tomb of the beloved Johann Gottfried von Herder. He was a German philosopher, theologian, poet, and literary critic. The inhabitants call this place Herderkirche.
beautiful place to visit, specially because weimar is small and you can walk through most parts of the city, totally recommend it
Schönste Kirche in Weimar. Vor ein paar Jahren aufwändig renoviert, macht sie heute ein schönes Bild. Der Platz davor ist auch sehr schön. Hier finden ab und zu Märkte oder andere Veranstaltungen statt. Drinnen ist es sehr schön.
Liegt in der Innenstadt, aber außerhalb der Fußgängerzone und der Highlights der Weimarer Klassik. Aber fußläufig gut erreichbar, wenn man in der Innenstadt unterwegs ist. Erst mal sollte man die Kirche, soweit es geht, umrunden. Dabei auf Informationstafeln achten. Besichtigung am Tag möglich. Auf Altar und Orgel achten! Wer Zeit hat, sollte Konzertkarten kaufen für Veranstaltungen im Haus. Die Akustik ist hervorragend! Und dann: Umfeld der Kirche ansehen: Gemütliche Restaurants und Hotels, nicht ganz so teuer wie in der Fußgängerzoen, aber auch sehr gut.