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St. John's Church, Luneburg

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The Church of John the Baptist (Germ. St. Johannis or Johanniskirche) is the oldest Lutheran church in Lüneburg, Germany. It is located in the city center. Lüneburg is on the European Route of Brick Gothic and the Church of John the Baptist is an example of this style of architecture.HistoryThe Church of John the Baptist is considered an important example of northern German Brick Gothic architecture. The five-naved hall church was erected between 1300 and 1370 and repaired in 1420. In the early 15th century Conrad of Soltau, as Conrad III Prince-Bishop of Verden, failed to make St. John's the new cathedral of his see, since the city council and the Prince of Lüneburg resisted that fearing the political interference of another power. The outer structure was marked by rebuilding in 1765. Particularly striking is the lightly sloping steeple, which at a height of 108 meters is the highest church steeple in Lower Saxony. The stained-glass in the Elisabeth Chapel was made by Charles Crodel in 1969.OrganThe church's organ was finished in 1553 by Hendrik Niehoff and Jasper Johansen and rebuilt in 1714 by Arp Schnitger student, Matthias Dropa and in the latter 20th century by Rudolf von Beckerath. Among its noted organists were Christian Flor (1676–1697) and Georg Böhm (1698–1733). As a young man Johann Sebastian Bach was resident (1700–1702) at the nearby Michaeliskirche, where he appears to have been a kind of organ scholar. Noted Bach scholar Christoph Wolff says Böhm gave Bach organ lessons at St. Johannis.
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  • There are so many churches to see in Luneburg and other cities in the area but this is one that should be on a not to be missed itinerary .  more »
  • Climbing the tower with the guide is excellent as you see all the timberwork showing how the chandelier and bells are supported. If you want a guided tour (Saturdays at 1pm) in English you need to...  more »
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