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Friedrich Nietzsche Memorial Roecken

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Memorial in the birthplace of Friedrich Nietzsche.

Röcken is a small rural community with about 170 inhabitants and is located directly on the traditional country road between Leipzig and Weißenfels in Saxony-Anhalt. The village was first mentioned in a document in 1232, but it was founded much earlier by Sorbian settlers. Röcken, surrounded by fertile fields, has always been a simple farming village with manor as well as small and
Memorial in the birthplace of Friedrich Nietzsche.

Röcken is a small rural community with about 170 inhabitants and is located directly on the traditional country road between Leipzig and Weißenfels in Saxony-Anhalt. The village was first mentioned in a document in 1232, but it was founded much earlier by Sorbian settlers. Röcken, surrounded by fertile fields, has always been a simple farming village with manor as well as small and medium-sized farmers.

Nietzsche's birthplace
On October 15, 1844, Friedrich Nietzsche was born in Röcken as the first child of the Protestant country pastor Karl Ludwig Nietzsche and his wife Franziska. Here in the countryside, he spent the first years of his childhood in the care of his father, mother, grandmother and aunts. The early death of his father caused the family to move to Naumburg at Easter 1850, because the parsonage had to be cleared for the successor.

Nietzsche's baptistry
Worth seeing is the old village church, in which Nietzsche was baptized and in which his father worked as a pastor. It was already built in the first half of the 12th century and with its fortified tower facing west is one of the oldest church buildings in the region. Of particular interest inside the church are the Romanesque pillars with palmette ornamentation, the small one-manual organ from the 18th century and two epitaphs of the last knights of Kratzsch from the 17th century.

Nietzsche's tomb
After long years of illness, Friedrich Nietzsche died in Weimar on August 25, 1900. Three days later his body was transferred to Röcken and buried in the family crypt on the south side of the church - with bells ringing and quotations from Zarathustra. Thus the circle of life ended where it had begun, in Röcken. A generous financial contribution to the church community had made it possible to bury Friedrich Nietzsche in the family grave in the old cemetery

Bacchanal
On the 100th anniversary of the death of Friedrich Nietzsche in 2000, the sculpture group "Röckener Bacchanal" by Klaus F. Messerschmidt was inaugurated. The life-size bronzes with the white coating depict Nietzsche three times at his grave. The artist refers to the well-known studio photograph with the scene on the arm of the mother and to a dream image, which Nietzsche communicated to his friend Jacob Burckhardt in a letter in 1889: "This fall, I was dressed as lightly as possible, twice at my own funeral.

Exhibition
On the 103rd anniversary of Friedrich Nietzsche's death in 2003, the memorial was extensively renovated. Nietzsche's childhood, his relationship to Christianity and the history of his grave are now presented in three rooms. The memorial is sponsored by the Evangelische Kirchspiel Lützener Land.

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Opening hours November to March:
Wednesday to Saturday: 11:00 - 15:00

You are also welcome to contact us outside opening hours: by prior arrangement we will open the museum for you!

Opening hours April to October:
Wednesday, Saturday, Sundays and holidays: 13:00 - 17:00

You are also welcome to contact us outside opening hours: by prior arrangement we will open the museum for you!
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Friedrich Nietzsche Memorial

Teichstraße 8
06686 Skirts
Phone: +49 3444 / 169705
E-mail: info@nietzsche-verein.de
website: http://www.nietzsche-gedenkstaette.de/

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