The patron saint of the church is Thomas Becket of Canterbury, who was murdered in his cathedral in 1170 and canonised as early as 1173. The Romanesque Basilica of the Cross was mentioned in 1188 in a document of Emperor Frederick I Barbarossa. In it, Bishop Eberhard of Merseburg was promised market privileges on the Neumarkt. The Neumarktkirche was originally a cruciform three-nave
The patron saint of the church is Thomas Becket of Canterbury, who was murdered in his cathedral in 1170 and canonised as early as 1173. The Romanesque Basilica of the Cross was mentioned in 1188 in a document of Emperor Frederick I Barbarossa. In it, Bishop Eberhard of Merseburg is promised market privileges on the Neumarkt. The Neumarktkirche was originally a cruciform three-aisled basilica without a separate crossing with two west towers. Over the centuries, the southern tower and both side aisles were demolished. The constant flooding of the river Saale caused the soil around the church to grow, so that the floor was raised several times inside, which also made it necessary to relocate the portals. The church had a baroque equipment. Altar and crucifix are currently in the town church and a baptismal angel in the Cultural History Museum Schloss Merseburg. The baptismal font, which probably dates from the time of first mention, has been standing in the vestibule of the cathedral since 1831. Also remarkable is the beautiful Romanesque stepped portal with the knotted column, unique in the Central German region, which was probably intended to keep the devil away from the church door. In 1973 the church was abandoned by the parish and fell into disrepair. From 1991-1995 the church was extensively renovated, the southern side aisle, a tower stump and the sacristy were rebuilt. Inside, the church was excavated to the ground of 1188, which restored the original spatial impression. The foundation of the sandstone pile in the cathedral was also discovered.
Since 1995, a memorial against violence "Red Wall or Triumph of Ideology" by Klaus Friedrich and Gabriele Messerschmidt has stood on the south wall of the transept. The artist also created a triumphal cross and a sculpture in memory of Thomas Becket.
The church is opened by volunteers from April to October, usually on Saturdays from 14:00 - 17:00 o'clock or after registration under phone 03461/211640 or by mail info@ kirche-merseburg.de
- Bad weather offerfor all weathersfor school classesfor familiesfor individual guestsSuitable for seniorsfor children (any age)
- Cash payment
The church can be visited free of charge. Prices for the events can be found in the publications.by car:
- WC facility
- BAB 9 Berlin-Munich, exit Leipzig-West, via B 181 direction Merseburg
- BAB 14 Dresden-Leipzig-Halle-Magdeburg, exit Halle, via B 91 direction Merseburg
- BAB 38 Leipzig-Halle-Göttingen, exit Merseburg-North or Merseburg-South federal roads B 91 Halle-Merseburg-Weißenfels, B181 Leipzig-Merseburg
by public transport:
Long-distance bus stop Bus connections from Leipzig, Querfurt, Mücheln, etc. Tram line 5 from direction Halle .
Intercontinental airport Leipzig-Halle, approx. 40 minutes by car, then by bus or train Leipzig/Halle Airport
Railway line Berlin-Erfurt-Frankfurt/Main, with the IC to Halle or Weißenfels, then with RB Deutsche Bahn
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