Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Performing in one of Luther's and Goethe's most favorite city - Dessau (Germany)

Johanniskirche (St. Johannis) is a baroque Lutheran church located in the city center of Dessau, Saxony-Anhalt, a city with breathtaking architecture and landscape. Even Johann Wolfgang von Goethe was moved by his visit to Dessau in 1778:

“As we wandered among the lakes, canals and forests yesterday evening, I was deeply moved by the way in which the gods had allowed the Prince to create all around him a dream.”

In July 28, 1688 Prince Johann Georg II. granted the Lutheran community in Dessau the permit to build their own church. Cornelius Ryckwaert, a Dutch architect, started to construct the church and master builder Martin Gr├╝nberg from Berlin was responsible for the construction project.
In May 2, 1702 the church opened its doors to the public. In 1944 during World War II it was destroyed almost completely but built up again in 1955.

Martin Luther often visited the city of Dessau to preach to the community. His most important visit was in 1534, during which he offered Communion to the people on the Thursday before Easter.

The Mountain View Presbyterian Church Choir is going to perform at Johanniskirche in Dessau on Tuesday, June 10, 2014.

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