Like Erfurt, Weimar is located near the geographic centre of Germany. It’s a small town with over 60000 people, but what it lacks in size is surely made up in history and the number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The city hosts multiple sites in two separate categories:
Erfurt, Weimar, and the state of Thuringia were hosts for Germany Travel Mart 2015 (GTM15), the annual meeting and workshop by the Germany National Tourism Board. Visiting the “heart of Germany” fulfilled my desire to spend time in the former East Germany. Many overlook Thuringia and the middle of Germany on their way elsewhere, but the following shots provide reasons why you should consider stop and embrace one of the “centres of classic and modern Germany.”
The Town Church of St. Peter and Paul dates back to 1500, although an original church on this site goes back to about 1245. With its alternative name as the Herder Church after the Johann Herder, the church is home to the triptych painting begun in 1552 by Cranach the Elder and completed by his son (Cranach the Junior). This church is a part of what makes up the "Classic Weimar" UNESCO World Heritage Site in Weimar. Photo on 30 Apr 2015.
Cranach Altar is a triptych depicting Christ's crucification, and is an important artistic and historic piece representative of the Reformation period. The four figures at the foot of the cross (viewer left to right) are a resurrected Christ, St. John the Baptist, Cranach the Younger, and Martin Luther. The altar was completed in 1555 by Lucas Cranach the Younger, and installed in the Church of St. Peter and St. Paul in 1557. This church is a part of the "Classic Weimar" listing as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 2015 marks the 500th birthday of Cranach the Younger. Weimar, Germany – 30 Apr 2015.
"Lehrstuhl – leerer Stuhl", by Hermann Bigelmayr (2005). The title for the sculpture is a pun: for an academic 'chair' or posting representing the teaching goals for the university; and for an empty seat in the lecture hall and library, waiting to be filled by an eager student. Bauhaus University, in front of lecture theatre and library. Weimar, Germany – 29 Apr 2015. #joingermantradition #weimar #bauhaus #bauhausuniversity #bigelmayr #lehrstuhl
"Nagelkreuz" (Nail cross) These nails are from Coventry, England, dug out from the destruction caused by bombing in World War 2. Today, modest symbols like these in both England and Germany emphasize how people have reached out to each other on both sides of the Channel in forgiveness, understanding, and peace. St. Peter & Paul Church (Herder Church), Herderplatz, Weimar, Germany – 30 Apr 2015. #joingermantradition #weimar #thueringen #visitweimar