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Bach-Kirche Divi Blasii, Muhlhausen

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Divi Blasii is a church in Mühlhausen, Thuringia. With the Marienkirche, it is one of the two principal churches of the city.
Teutonic Knights founded the church in the Middle Ages. It was named after Saint Blaise, and is also known as St Blasius or St. Blasius's. Since the Reformation it is mostly known as Divi-Blasii (Latin for "of Blaise the Divine") or Blasius Church.
It is a hall church with nave and side aisles of approximately equal height. The Gothic architecture of the church is said to have been an influence on the design of Brooklyn Bridge by John A. Roebling who grew up in Mühlhausen.
Johann Sebastian Bach was organist of the church in 1707/8. Although he did not stay in the city long, the authorities recognised his musical abilities, and made him the consultant for rebuilding the organ. This involved replacing an old two manual instrument.
Bach's specifications for the new organ have survived: he required three manuals, pedals, and 37 stops. The project was undertaken by the respected local organ builder Johann Friedrich Wender. Wender's previous work included a two manual instrument at the New Church in Arnstadt Before you head to Muhlhausen, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Muhlhausen travel itinerary planner, to make sure you see all that Muhlhausen has to offer, including Bach-Kirche Divi Blasii.
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  • Bach was summoned here when he was only 22, and the statue outside shows a confident young man, as well he might have been, as he was already recognised as an organ expert. The organ he designed... 
    Bach was summoned here when he was only 22, and the statue outside shows a confident young man, as well he might have been, as he was already recognised as an organ expert. The organ he designed...  more »
  • The Divi-Blasii-Kirche is a church in use today with church musik and organ concerts and a lettner separating the high altar area from the nave. 
    The Divi-Blasii-Kirche is a church in use today with church musik and organ concerts and a lettner separating the high altar area from the nave.  more »
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  • We were in this town late at night doing some laundry. I did not know that this church was here that had the famous composer Johann Sebastian Bach played here for a while in his career. Took a few shots at night with some traffic light painting. Someday we will have to come back here and visit this place during the day.
  • While you can just make out the age-worn gargoyles on this basilica, the spectacular set of organs and medieval splendor have not faded a bit. This location is central to Mühlhausen and features a childrens' station for drawing and story reading in addition to its intrinsic historic value.

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