Paulinum Unikirche Leipzig

April 1, 2017
Lauren-Victoria McKown

We find europe’s second oldest university in Leipzig, Germany. The church building of this grand and venerable institution, finished in 1240 holds an outrageously eventful history to itself.

As one of europe’s venerable dominican convent heritage it was passed on to Leipzig University in an act of secularization in 1543. The building survived both world wars, but was entirely torn down – agains the majority will of the public – in 1968 for the sake an SED agreement to modern soviet urban planning. Time changes and so do politics.

At its place today a complete new structure has been built, fusing the pre gothic appearance of the ancient church with contemporary architecture.
I was fortunate to accompany Robert Soujon during his video documentation of the restoration works while the old epitaphs, that were saved out of the building before the ordered explosion, were being installed once again onto the walls


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