Impressions of Leipzig, my hometown

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Altar in the St. Thomas Church.
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Court yard in the inner city.
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This is the inside view of the Nikolai Church in downtown Leipzig. It is Leipzig's oldest church, built in 1165, the year Leipzig received its town charter. The ceiling has been newly renovated, and it impresses me each time I step into the church. This church is also the place, where the peaceful revolution started that eventually led to the fall of the wall and the reunification of Germany.
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This is a view onto the crematory in the middle of Leipzig's Southern Cemetery. The cemetery features a park landscape, and some of the old graves have elaborate sculptures on them. The picture was taken from the top of the Battle of Nations Monument, which commemorates the death of 110,000 soldiers during the battle against Napoleon in 1813. 
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This is a detail from a bench inside the St. Thomas Church. Johann Sebastian Bach spent the majority of his working life at this church, and he is also buried there.
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This is the foundation of the Battle of Nations Monument in Leipzig. The foundation has only been accessible since summer 2006. Sorry for the bad quality of the picture, but it was rather dark down there! I hope the picture does justice to the impressive columns within the foundation.
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This is a detail of a statue inside the Battle of Nations Monument.
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This is my favorite Faust interpretation inside the Auerbachs Keller, a restaurant in downtown Leipzig. Auerbachs Keller is famous since Johann Wolfgang von Goethe mentioned the restaurant in his most famous play Faust. Modern artists have later painted interpretations from the Faust play on the restaurant's walls. In the picture, Faust is the tall figure looking towards the rising sun; Mephisto is the one cowering in his shadow.

The quote beneath the picture are Faust's words:

Erhabner Geist, du gabst mir, gabst mir alles,
Worum ich bat.
Gabst mir die herrliche Natur zum Königreich,
Kraft, sie zu fühlen, zu genießen.

[Spirit sublime, thou gav'st me, gav'st me all
For which I prayed.
Thou gav'st me glorious nature as a royal realm,
The power to feel and to enjoy her.]

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These are the toes of one of the statues inside the Battle of Nations Monument in Leipzig. As a comparison for size, I should have put my own foot up there as well. For lack of a comparison, let me tell you that my entire hand would probably barely cover one toe nail.

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