“O LORD, I love the habitation of thy house, and
the place where thy glory dwells”
(Psalms 26, 8)
Jacob Bach (*1655 in Wolfs- behringen), a grand grand cousin of Johann
Sebastian Bach, is the church musician. He died in Ruhla.
1696/97: To the Southern wing four galleries and a choir were added and
the organ was renovated and installed there. - Cost: 534 Talers.
1708: Benches were added to the Western Wing that so far had only had
galleries for men. The benches were called "Weiberstühle" ("female chairs")
and accordingly the church was now divided into the "old Weiberchurch" and
the "new Weiberchurch".
Around 1730: Expansion of the space around the altar. Addition af another
gallery in the Western wing. New painting of the interior. Cost: 615
20 September 1761: The
100th anniversary is celebrated with a
service and a procession;
money gifts are given to school children and poor members of the
1840: Renewal of the choir seats and the princely honours chair, new
painting of the church. Cost: 1900 Talers.
1851/52 and 1856: Renewal of the floor and the seats of the church.
1857: Installation of a new organ. The cost of 2200 Talers was paid by the
(political) congregation of Ruhla WA.
25/26 September 1861: The 200th anniversary is celebrated. The church
receives the gift of a clock for the spire, paid for by donations. It was
restored few times and was only replaced by a radio-operated clock in
1880: The manufacturer Ottokar Ziegler donates two stained glass windows
for the space around the Altar.
Note: Thanks to Helene Pawlitzki for doing the english translation!