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When you compare this small church to the splendour of the cathedral,
you'll be disappointed. But the Church of St. Michael has seen quite a few of "firsts" in the course of the centuries.
It was built in 13th century and used both as a Christian church and as a Jewish synagogue. There is a small churchyard, where you can still see tombstones from this time,some with a cross, others with the star of David.
In the beginning of 16th century a student named Martin Luther was attending service here and a few years later he himself was preaching in this church.
In the year 1520 the first ever evangelical sermon was held here, three years later for the first time a protestant priest got married in this small church.
I think it's true to say that these events shaped the course of European history.
When we were there I noticed a new window, dedicated to Raoul Wallenberg. He had saved many Jews during World War II, but vanished without a trace somewhere in Russia after the war. This window had been given to the church as a donation to point out the special relationship between the Christian and Jewish community in this area of Erfurt. There was also an exhibition about Wallenberg's life, but this is only temporary.
There is a beautiful organ in the church. Since almost every street in the old part of Erfurt seems to have a church of its own, there simply wasn't enough money to keep all the organs in good shape. The one in the St Michaels church was built in 1650 by Compenius and is called the Compenius organ.
A few years ago it was in really bad shape, when a visitor happened to see it and managed to raise enough money for a complete restauration.
This church is one of my favourite places in Erfurt, even though it's not one of the most beautiful. But you can truly feel history in there.
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