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THOMASKIRCHE

THOMASKIRCHE
Leipzig, Germany
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BACKGROUND

Constructed in Leipzig, Germany, in the early thirteenth century by the Augustinian monastic order, Thomaskirche, or St. Thomas Church, has been the site of several of Leipzig's most important cultural and historical events. The church initially operated as a monastery before housing the University of Leipzig in the fifteenth century and the St. Thomas school in the sixteenth century. (...)

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HOW WE HELPED

Thomaskirche was included on the 2000 World Monuments Watch because of longstanding conservation issues. Subsequent to its listing, World Monuments Fund assisted with repair and restoration work focused on the wooden roof truss system, including the slate and roof shingles, which had been damaged by insects and water. (...)

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WHY IT MATTERS

Thomaskirche holds both historical and architectural significance. Important historical figures, as well as monumental events, were associated with the structure. The church is a striking example of Romanesque and Gothic architecture in the region and the roof—innovative for its time—remains a unique feature of the building and the cityscape.