Probably the greatest treasure of the European City of Görlitz/Zgorzelec is its architectural wealth, but the city has even more to offer.
In Görlitz and the surrounding area there is a multitude of cultural and sacral institutions that are worth discovering. In addition to St. Peter's Church with the famous Sun Organ, a visit to the Holy Sepulchre and St. Nicholas Cemetery is recommended.
The five-aisled late Gothic hall church built between 1425 and 1497 is the biggest of its kind all over Saxony and shapes the cityscape like no other. The Baroque “Sun Organ” built by Eugenio Casparini, at that time a very famous organ builder living in Italy, is of particular importance. It dates back to 1703 and was reconstructed by Mathis Orgelbau AG between 1997 and 2006. Visitors are invited to enjoy regular public organ presentations, which are called “Orgel Punkt 12”.
Address: Bei der Peterskirche 9, 02826 Görlitz
Organ presentation (Orgel Punkt 12): every Sunday at 12 o‘clock, from April to October every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday at 12 o’clock, on public holidays at 12 o’clock
The former abbey church belonged to the Franciscan monastery and was built between 1234 and 1245. It is located on the Upper Market (Obermarkt) and impresses visitors with its rich interior from different periods as well as numerous works of sacred art. One part of the church is planned to be restored and opened as a museum in the future.
Address: Klosterplatz 21, 02826 Görlitz
The Holy Sepulchre is part of a medieval ensemble including the Church of St. Peter and Paul as well as the Way of the Cross. The complex is a copy of the most important parts of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. Georg Emmerich, son of a Görlitz merchant, donated this copy after he had been on a pilgrimage to Jerusalem. It was consecrated in 1504 and neither destroyed nor modified in the course of the centuries.Website
St. Nicholas‘ Cemetery is the oldest cemetery in town. It was in use until the middle of the 19th century and features more than 600 mainly baroque tombs as well as 16 crypts, some of them still boasting a remarkable quality. Under the old trees, you may find graves of well-known characters, such as the tomb of the theosophist Jakob Böhme.Website
"The Holy Sepulchre": R. Schäfer, "ST. Nicholas‘ Cemetery": Die Partner GmbH, "ST. Peters‘ Church": Evangelische Innenstadt Gemeinde, "Trinity Church": Europastadt GmbH
The blogger Tessa loves wandering around old graveyards at the St. Nicholas Cemetery.
If you want to read more about the stunnig gravestones you can visit her blog: