Friday, 17 March 2017

My Trip to Wolfenbüttel

Yesterday I was in Wolfenbüttel and there I bought some postcards for my collection.

The Herzog August Library was founded by Duke Julius of Brunswick-Lüneburg in 1572. It houses a large collection of manuscripts of the Middle Ages and the Early Modern Period and is one of the oldest libraries in the World which have never suffered loss to its collection. Between 1691 and 1716 Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz worked as librarian in Wolfenbüttel. Today it is a major international research centre for Medieval and Early Modern culture. Some of its rooms are used as museum.

The Lessinghaus was built in 1733 as residence for court officials. In 1777 Gotthold Ephraim Lessing, who worked as librarian at the Herzog August Library, moved to the house. There he lived until his death in 1781 and wrote his play Nathan the Wise. Today it is owned by the Herzog August Library and houses a museum about Lessing's life and work.

The Meißnerhaus is an office building of the Herzog August Library. Between 1776 and 1777 Lessing lived in the house.

The Marienkirche was built between 1608 and 1624 at the behest of Duke Henry Julius of Brunswick-Lüneburg. It is said to be the first new constructed monumental church of the Protestantism.

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