Friday, July 31, 2015

Morning train to Leipzig!

I am so fortunate to have been given the opportunity to visit Leipzig with two other classes today.  A professor from Universität Leipzig, and friend of Dr. Northcutt, gave us a brief tour of the city and of the university’s new building that houses the 2nd oldest university in Germany.  Founded in 1409. Leipzig University has some famous alumni, including writer Goethe, philosopher Nietzsche, composer Wagner and a more recent alum, Chancellor Angela Merkel. 

Leipzig University

Modern Entrance to historic Leipzig University

Leipzig is a city with old areas that looks as if they came directly out of a Bavarian storybook and they stand in striking contrast to the surrounding modern buildings.   I enjoyed a sense of openness and leisure as I walked through the pedestrian-friendly center and past Nikolaikirche (St. Nicholas Church).  This church gained fame for the 1989 peaceful revolt against communist rule known as Monday Demonstrations.  The church was founded in the 12th century and expanded a few centuries later.  A pillar like the ones found inside the church is in the nearby square. 
Duplicate of Nikolaikirche Piller

Glorious Interior of Nikolaikirche

Our group walked through Mädler-Passage where, according to our guide, horses would draw carts full of merchandise to deliver to business in this arcade.  Now this historic passage is full of high-end stores.  Down one section of the passage is a statue of Mephisto and Faust. 

The highlight of my day was visiting Thomaskirche (St. Thomas Church) where Bach was choirmaster and to where his remains were relocated because of the destruction to Johanneskirche in WWII. 


Interior of Thomaskirche

Bach's resting place within Thomaskirche

Marketing class has a final outing tonight to the top of Berliner Fernsehturm (the Berlin TV Tower) constructed by the GDR in the late 1960’s. I look forward to a farewell view of Berlin.