Location: Cincinnati, Ohio

Monday, December 11, 2006

St. Johannis: A city landmark

St. Johannis is the big boy among Lueneburg's churches. Built in the early 1300s, it dominates the town's skyline. On the hour when St. Michaelis, St. Nicholai, and St. Johannis toll the hour, St. Johannis's deep baritone bells ring out very distinctively. The beautiful church also looms over one of the main squares in town, Am Sande. But it looms with just a little lean to the right as you can see in the top photo. The story is that the designer of the church had to go work on some other project in northern Germany and when he returned to see that the tower was leaning, he killed himself. Don't know if that is true but it is a bit of local folklore. The massive and beautiful organ in the church is a historical relic itself and is said to have been played by Bach when the young maestro lived in Lueneburg as a young boy.


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