Our foundation was founded in 1996 and is a church foundation under civil law. It has set itself the task of preserving and looking after the Görlitz replica of the Holy Sepulchre as well as the oldest preserved Görlitz church St. Nikolai together with its Nikolai cemetery and making it accessible to visitors. The Church of St. Nicholas, which was disarmed in 1925, is today a place for commemorating the fallen of the First World War and for exhibitions.

Holy Sepulchre at Görlitz


Throughout the Middle Ages, Christians were filled with the desire to be as close as possible to the place of the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Those who were able to do so made their way to the Holy Land, to Jerusalem. And wherever possible, replicas of the Holy Sepulchre created a link to the central history of the Christian faith. The Görlitz Holy Sepulchre is an impressive testimony of this late medieval piety. It is part of a medieval place of pilgrimage and devotion laid out under the open sky in the middle of a garden. The entire complex, consisting of the Double Chapel of the Holy Cross, the Ointment House and the Sepulchral Chapel, is a replica of the most important parts of the large Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, a place of remembrance of the suffering, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The conception of the complex is due to the later mayor of Görlitz Georg Emmerich, who laid the foundation stone in 1465 after his return from a pilgrimage to the Holy Land with the foundation of a first chapel to the Holy Cross. The chapels were built between 1481 and 1504.

The Way of the Cross

This unique complex forms the conclusion of a Way of the Cross from the Church of St. Peter and Paul, the largest five-aisled Gothic hall church in Saxony (1423 - 1497). This begins at the west portal of the church, from the so-called Richthaus des Pilatus. It leads on the Via Dolorosa of Görlitz past the "Jesusbäcker" (Jesus baker) by the suburb "Nikolaivorstadt" up to the holy grave. Like its Jerusalem model, the Way of the Cross counts just under 1000 steps. With this ensemble of church St. Peter and Paul, Way of the Cross and Holy Sepulchre, the town of Görlitz possesses a testimony of late medieval piety and landscape architecture of European rank. Guided tours, lectures, the Way of the Cross on Good Friday and the Easter Resurrection celebration convey the biblical context and invite visitors to meditate and reflect.

Film: Along Via Dolorosa to the Holy Sepulchre (in German)


Visit to the Holy Sepulchre: entry: 3,-€/person

Guided tours in English on request, approx. 45 minutes: entry with guide: 5, - €/person

Overview of the opening hours

Overview of the entrance fees

Church of St. Nicholas


Already around 1100 there was a predecessor of today's church, but little is known about it. In 1452 the construction of the present late Gothic hall church was started, but for the benefit of the church St. Peter and Paul building it was abandoned for many years. Finally, the famous architect Wendel Roßkopf took over the church and completed it. It was consecrated in 1520. It is Wendel Roßkopf's last late Gothic building in Görlitz, before he finally turns to the Renaissance with the Schönhof.

In 1642 the Nikolaikirche is destroyed in the 30 year war. In 1649 the church was rebuilt and destroyed again with the fire of 1717. In the subsequent five-year construction phase, the view of the vault was replaced by a flat ceiling with perspective architectural representations. This ceiling was removed as part of a new redesign. In 1925/26 Prof. Martin Elsaesser turned the interior into a memorial for the fallen of the First World War in the expressionist style. A part of this design fell victim to necessary restoration measures.

Those who come to the Nikolai Church and its churchyard will find a place of contemplation, peace and tranquillity. Since the early 16th century the Nikolaikirche has not been a parish church. The stately St. St. Peter and Paul Church was a place of worship. Thus the Nikolaikirche was then above all burial church. The churchyard around it is one of the most beautiful cemeteries in Germany.


Visit to Nikolai Church:

Overview of the opening hours

Overview of the entrance fees

Nikolai Cemetery


Probably already built in the 12th century and first mentioned around 1305, the Nikolaifriedhof remained the largest and most important burial place of Görlitz until the middle of the 19th century. With the opening of the municipal cemetery in 1847, burials were only carried out there in exceptional cases. However, since the Gottesacker remained largely intact with its tomb and building substance after its closure, it is an extremely rare and eloquent testimony to the urban Sepulchral culture of the period from 1600 to 1850.

More than 800 gravestones and epitaphs reflect the stylistic change from Mannerism through Baroque to Classicism, Romanticism and Historicism. They bear witness to the changing religiousness and the hope for the future of a wealthy Görlitz middle class, but also to their will to present themselves and represent themselves beyond death. Especially the baroque tombstones and memorial stones challenge the viewer with allegories and emblems, often also with their inscription to reflect on the transience of life and the transience of everything earthly. They thus reflect the world experience of many contemporaries at the time.

Not least because of its large stock of crypt houses, the Nikolaifriedhof is one of the outstanding cemetery monuments. They were erected from the early 17th to the middle of the 18th century. In addition to magnificent tombs, decorative paintings from the time of their construction are still preserved in some of the crypts.

Visit to Nikolai Cemetery:

Overview of the opening hours

Overview of the entrance fees

The grave of Jakob Boehme on the Nikolai Cemetery


Jakob Boehme (1575 – 1624), the shoemaker from Görlitz, but above all theosophist and mystic, belongs to the most famous citizens of our city.

1575 / Jakob Boehme was born in Alt-Seidenberg (today Stary Zawidów, PL) as the fourth of five children of a relatively wealthy farmer.

1599 / After learning the craft of shoemaking, travelling and journeyman years, Boehme becomes master and citizen of Görlitz this year. He marries Katharina Kuntzschmann, the 19-year-old daughter of a Görlitz butcher, buys a house in front of the Neißetor (today ul. I. Daszynskiego in Zgorzelec) and rents a shoe bench in the sub-market. In the following years four sons are born to the couple.

1610 /After Boehme had already sold his first house again in 1608, he now bought his second house directly on the bridge and at the end of the town and was therefore more conveniently situated for his trade. The house was probably destroyed in the 30 year war. The last house on the property was demolished in 1905 as part of the construction work for the new Old Town Bridge.

1612 / Up to this point Böhme led an inconspicuous life. But now he wrote the "Aurora", his most famous work. His craft gradually fades into the background until he gives it up completely and sells his shoe bench. The typeface was quickly distributed by sponsors. At the instigation of the Görlitz senior pastor Gregor Richter, an investigation against Böhme is initiated. The city council under Bartholomäus Scultetus merely warns Böhme, imposes a ban on writing and confiscates the original of the "Dawnbreak". In the following years Boehme did not publish any writings, but developed his theosophical ideas by studying paracelsic and alchemistic books and communicating with like-minded people. He met with doctors, humanists and interested nobles. In order to feed the family, Boehme and his wife ran a yarn trade, which was associated with many journeys.

1618 / Boehme starts writing again at the insistence of his friends. The outbreak of the 30-year war had brought long-distance trade to a standstill anyway and restricted Boehme's trading activities. Under the impression of the war, Böhme now wants to be exclusively philosophical. He sees the old ecclesiastical conditions as decaying and sets himself the goal of reviving Christianity through a new great Reformation. To this end he tried to create a congregation of like-minded people, wrote book after book and became increasingly dependent on his patrons.

1624 / After the appearance of a printed script by Boehme, there is another argument with Gregor Richter. Böhme dies on 16 November in Görlitz. He is buried at the Nikolaifriedhof. The deacon is forced by the council to deliver the eulogy. The grave cross is desecrated after only a few days. Catherine survives her husband only by one year.

Events


Meditations/ Services:

Exhibitions / Concerts:

Lectures / Special tours:

Opening hours


Holy Sepulchre

January, February,
November, December:

daily 9am to 4pm
closed on the 24th of December

March, April,
September, October:

daily 9am to 5pm

May, June,
July, August:

daily 9am to 6pm

last admission:
15 minutes before the end
of the opening time

Church of St. Nicholas

March:
Thursday to Sunday 12am to 4pm

April to October:
daily 9am to 5pm

November to February:
closed,
exceptions by agreement

last admission:
15 minutes before the end
of the opening time

Nikolai Cemetery

April to October:
6:30am to 21pm

November to March:
6:30am to 18pm

All Saints' Day,
All Souls' Day,
Eternity Sunday:

6:30am to 20pm

Prices


Holy Sepulchre

Entry:
3,-€ per person

Entry with guide:
5,-€ per person

Guided tours in English
for groups on request

combicards

combicard,
entry Holy Sepulchre
and entry Nikolai Church:

4,50 € per person

combicard,
entry with guide
Holy Sepulchre
and entry Nikolai Church:

6,-€ per person

Children up to the size of 1.26 m (height grave access) we do not charge entry.


Guides


Holy Sepulchre

daily, 10am and 3pm
in German language

Guided tours in English
for groups on request,
approx. 45 minutes

Nikolai Cemetery

Guided tours in English
for groups on request,
approx. 90 minutes

Addresses


Holy Sepulchre

Heiliges Grab
Heilige-Grab-Straße 79/80
02828 Görlitz

Legal details


Please send your requests by e-mail or fax or contact us by phone.

Evangelische Kulturstiftung Görlitz
Heilige-Grab-Str. 79/80
02828 Görlitz
Telefon: 03581 - 31 58 64 
Fax: 03581 - 31 58 65
Mail: buero@EvKulturstiftungGR.de
Web: www.EvKulturstiftungGR.de

Steuernummer: 207/144/02262
Ust-IdNr.: DE239344657


Die Ev. Kulturstiftung Görlitz ist eine Stiftung des privaten Rechts. Sie wird vertreten durch den Vorstand; dieser wiederum durch den Vorsitzenden Michael Vogel. Inhaltlich verantwortlich nach § 5 Telemediengesetz (TMG) und § 55 Staatsvertrag über Rundfunk und Telemedien (RStV):

Evangelische Kulturstiftung Görlitz

Janet Conrad
Heilige-Grab-Str. 79/80
02828 Görlitz


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