Get to know my future campus part 5

p) Museum of Antiquities.


Here, more information:ät_Leipzig

House Address

Museum of Ancient Art at the University of Leipzig
Old St. Nicholas School
Nikolaikirchhof 2 · 04109 Leipzig

Mailing address

Institute of Classical Archaeology
Museum of Antiquities and the University
Knight Street 14
04109 Leipzig

Opening times

Tuesday to Thursday, Saturday and Sunday 12-17

Montag, Friday and public holidays closed.


Adults: € 2.00
Children under 6: free
Concessions (students, apprentices, senior citizens and conscripts on presentation of ID cards): € 1.00
Leipzig-card users: € 1.00

Free admission on presentation of evidence:
German archaeologists Association (darv)
German Museum Association (DMB)
Friends and Sponsors of the Antiquities Museum at the University of Leipzig eV
Guided tours eV Leipzig and surrounding area
International Council of Museums (ICOM)
Ulmer club. Association for Art and Cultural Studies Association
International Student Identity Card (ISIC)
Staff and students at the University of Leipzig
Students of Classical Archaeology (domestic and foreign)
Family Pass the Free State of Saxony

 Photo permission

Photo and video recordings in the Museum of Antiquities without flash and tripod are allowed. Any additional photo requests only after registration at the museum administration.

Tel.: 0341/9730700
Fax.: 0341/9730709

q) Moritzbastei

The Moritzbastei is the only remaining part of the ancient town fortifications of Leipzig. Today it is widely known as a cultural centre.


The Moritzbastei was built as a bastion in between 1551-1554 under the supervision of the mayor Hieronymus Lotter, who was also responsible for Leipzig’s Altes Rathaus (old town hall) which is one of the most important Renaissance buildings in Germany. Elector Moritz of Saxony directed the reconstruction of the town fortifications of Leipzig after it became largely destroyed during the Smalkaldic War between German Emperor Charles V and the Smalkaldic League.

After being stormed for the first time in the Thirty Years War, the Moritzbastei lost its military function in the Seven Years War. Henceforth it served as a store for trade goods and workplace for a bell founder and a book printer.

In the period 1796-1834, the first public school (1. Bürgerschule) was built over the basement of the Moritzbastei by architect Johann Carl Friedrich Dauthe. It was the first school in Germany without confessional segregated classes and was destroyed in 1943 during World War II.

From 1974 the Moritzbastei was rebuilt under the supervision of the University of Leipzig. More than 30,000 students were engaged in the reconstruction of the bastion, among them the recent Chancellor of Germany, Angela Merkel. From 1982 onwards the Moritzbastei was the official students club of the University of Leipzig.

Moritzbastei as students club

In 1973 or 1974 students discovered the remains of the Moritzbastei and persuaded the university and city of Leipzig to allow it to be rebuilt. Subsequently it was run by the Free German Youth as a venue for encounter and cultural events.

From 1992 the Moritzbastei was no longer part of the University of Leipzig and became a commercial foundation.

Moritzbastei since 1993

Since 1993 the Moritzbastei has been run under the licence of the Moritzbastei foundation as a well known cultural centre. Its main purpose being to foster and sustain the student and academic culture in Leipzig. The foundation is headed by the vice chancellor of the University of Leipzig. The Board of Trustees, which oversees the work of the foundation without institutional subvention, consists of one representative of the city of Leipzig, the Free State of Saxony and the student body.

In recent years artists from all over the world have been guests of the Moritzbastei.

















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