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Bach connects. A virtual journey.

The castle chapel in Weimar is a dream destination for any Bach fan. The great composer created his wonderful Weimar cantatas specifically for this unusual space with its high, practically invisible organ gallery.

Known as Himmelsburg, the Castle of Heaven, the chapel was destroyed in a fire in 1774. But now it is set to rise from the ashes, at least virtually: the Thuringia Bach Festival has joined forces with a number of specialists to bring the Castle of Heaven back to life as part of an ambitious virtual reality project. Using a headset and headphones, lovers of Bach’s music can travel back in time to his era and enjoy the special acoustics of the chapel through the cantata ‘Himmelskönig, sei willkommen’ (BWV 182).

On this page, you can read about the eventful history of the Castle of Heaven, learn how the virtual simulation was created and discover locations where you can experience it.

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