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 Anyway: I have to say I was a bit disappointed in the Bach side of things. There is certainly the Tomaskirche (pictured), where Bach was Director of Music for the last 27 years of his life. We went to a service there, which was moving enough. The church has two organs, JSB's grave, a memorial window to him and an excellent continuing choral tradition. Except the organs are relatively modern and definitely wouldn'​t have been played by Bach; the church interior was renovated extensively throughout the 20th Century, so that it looks nothing like what Bach would have known; and we're not even quite sure if the contents of the Bach grave are actually of Bach and not some random other gentleman. Bach was actually buried at St. John'​s,​ which was destroyed by bombing in WW2, so what were thought to be his remains were moved to the Tomaskirche in 1950 -but the identification of the St. John's grave as Bach's relied on 'folk memories'​ of him having been buried in a certain location. ​ Anyway: I have to say I was a bit disappointed in the Bach side of things. There is certainly the Tomaskirche (pictured), where Bach was Director of Music for the last 27 years of his life. We went to a service there, which was moving enough. The church has two organs, JSB's grave, a memorial window to him and an excellent continuing choral tradition. Except the organs are relatively modern and definitely wouldn'​t have been played by Bach; the church interior was renovated extensively throughout the 20th Century, so that it looks nothing like what Bach would have known; and we're not even quite sure if the contents of the Bach grave are actually of Bach and not some random other gentleman. Bach was actually buried at St. John'​s,​ which was destroyed by bombing in WW2, so what were thought to be his remains were moved to the Tomaskirche in 1950 -but the identification of the St. John's grave as Bach's relied on 'folk memories'​ of him having been buried in a certain location. ​
  
-Meanwhile, Bach also ran the Nicolaikirche,​ which was just a hundred yards or so from our hotel. It had its interior completely re-done during the late 18th Century in fantastic neo-classical style -meaning that it too bears no relation to anything Bach would have seen.+Meanwhile, Bach also ran the Nicolaikirche,​ which was just a hundred yards or so from our hotel. It had its interior completely re-done during the late 18th Century in fantastic neo-classical style -meaning that it too bears no relation to anything Bach would have seen, no matter how splendid it looks today.
  
 So we drove to Eisenach, Bach's birthplace. There, the Bachhaus is the place where Bach grew up until he was about 10. It is full of furniture from the mid-18th Century -except none of it was actually owned by the Bachs. The house, though, is as he would have known it -except for the minor detail revealed by [[https://​en.wikipedia.org/​wiki/​Bach_House_(Eisenach)#/​media/​File:​4_Bachhaus_Eisenach_1945.jpg|one display photograph]],​ of the morning after an American bombing raid in 1944 -namely, that the building was extensively damaged and thus what you see today is, mostly, a fairly modern repair job. So we drove to Eisenach, Bach's birthplace. There, the Bachhaus is the place where Bach grew up until he was about 10. It is full of furniture from the mid-18th Century -except none of it was actually owned by the Bachs. The house, though, is as he would have known it -except for the minor detail revealed by [[https://​en.wikipedia.org/​wiki/​Bach_House_(Eisenach)#/​media/​File:​4_Bachhaus_Eisenach_1945.jpg|one display photograph]],​ of the morning after an American bombing raid in 1944 -namely, that the building was extensively damaged and thus what you see today is, mostly, a fairly modern repair job.
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