Divi-Blasii-Kirche, 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
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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...  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.  more »
  • 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.
  • Very worth seeing and imposing and historical experiences. Mzss one best watch with staftdirection
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