July 28, 2010 Der Gorlitzer Sonnenorgel

Whitney, one of the teen correspondents on the Heritage Tour, sent us this post to share with SLHC blog readers.

July 28, 2010

Yesterday was a busy day.  Margrit Kempgen, our guide and hostess, kept us on our toes from the upper market of Gorlitz through the lower market and onto many other sites.  We started in Holy Trinity Church and then onto St. Peter and Paul Church where we had the treat of listening to a concert on the Sun Organ.  Restoration began on the organ in 1997.  It was completed in 2006 and they have been giving concerts in the church ever since.   The restoration cost 2 Million American dollars.  Our group got to climb the stairs up to this magnificent organ, and two of our group members had a chance to actually sit down and play the organ.  Tori played Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.

If blog readers would like to know more about the Sun Organ, or Der Görlitzer Sonnenorgel, you can download the English tour booklet from the Görlitz website here: http://www.goerlitz.de/tourismusportal-stadt-goerlitz/tourist-information/service.html . Additional information (auf Deutsch) with photos can be found here: http://www.mathis-orgelbau.ch/orgeln/goerlitz.htm

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We are a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and interpreting the history of the Schwenkfelders and the history of southeastern Pennsylvania and the Perkiomen Region. The Heritage Center offers educational programming and tours, exhibits, workshops, and events throughout the year. Our blog is maintained by museum educator, Rebecca Lawrence, SLHC staff and guest bloggers.
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