April 5, 2015

1512 GERMANY (Thuringia) - Bach House in Eisenach

The Bach House in Eisenach is a museum dedicated to the famous composer of the Baroque period Johann Sebastian Bach, who was born in the city in 1685, and spent the first 10 years of his life there. The core of the building complex is a half-timbered house, ca. 550 years old, which was identified as Bach's birth house in the middle of the 19th century. In 1905, the Neue Bachgesellschaft acquired the building, and in 1907 it was opened as the first Bach museum. Even though in 1928 it was discovered that Bach wasn't born in that house, the museum remained as a Bach memorial site, and even extended to the other surrounding properties. From 2005 to 2007, the buildings to the west of the Bach House were replaced by a new museum building, the historical building again underwent restoration, and the exhibition was completely modernized.

The historical Bach House is one of the oldest residential buildings in Eisenach. It originally consisted of two buildings, of which the eastern part was built in 1456 and the western part in 1458, both being joined at around 1611. At the time of Bach's birth it was owned by Heinrich Börstelmann, headmaster of the Latin School. The Bach statue in front of the Bach House was the second monument for him, but the first to show the composer figuratively in the form of a full statue. It was sculpted by Adolf von Donndorf and cast by Hermann Heinrich Howaldt in Brunswick, Germany. The monument was commissioned in 1878 and unveiled on 28 September 1884. The monument was moved to its present location in 1938.

About the stamp
The stamp, depicting Ludwigslust Palace, is part of the series Burgen und Schlösser (Castles and Palaces), about which I wrote here.

Bach House (Eisenach) - Wikipedia

Sender: Harry / Karnevalist (postcrossing) DE-4082776
Sent from Meiningen (Thuringia / Germany), on 29.03.2015

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