Johann Erhard Strasbourg

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Johann Erhard Straßburger (born February 25, 1675 in Markvippach ; † January 9, 1754 in Gotha ) was a German Baroque architect .


Strasbourg entered the service of Duke Friedrich II of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg in Gotha in 1701 . The earliest documented collaboration in a building project in the royal seat was when he built the Siechhof Church (today Friedrichskirche ) in 1715. In the following three decades, he shaped the church building in the duchy like no other (see list below).

In 1731, Straßburger was appointed master builder in Gotha. On behalf of Duke Friedrich III. von Sachsen-Gotha-Altenburg and his wife Luise Dorothée , he expanded the Gotha Ordonnance Garden into a more extensive orangery in the 1730s . Although Straßburger provided two drafts for the new construction of a stone orangery building in 1746/1747, the Weimar regional supervisory director Gottfried Heinrich Krohne received the order in 1747 for the complete redesign of the orangery garden based on the French model. Strasbourg, who was still involved in the preparatory work for the new orangery , retired in 1751. The mountain church in Gehlberg , which was completed in 1754, the year Strasbourg died, is considered to be his last church building.

Johann Erhard Straßburger found his final resting place in Gotha Cemetery I (also called Alter Gottesacker ) between Werderstrasse (today Bohnstedtstrasse) and Eisenacher Strasse. When the cemetery was cleared in 1904 for the construction of the Stadtbad and Arnoldischule , his gravestone disappeared.


Strasbourg's son was the Saxon-Meiningian master builder Johann Nikolaus Straßburger , his grandson was the Saxon-Weimar-Eisenachian master builder August Friedrich Straßburger .


Strasbourg was involved in the following buildings:

Gallery of Church Buildings


  • Hartmut Ellrich: Gotha master builder of the baroque: The Oberland master builder Johann Erhard Straßburger and his works in the Duchy of Saxony-Gotha. In: Gothaisches Museums-Jahrbuch 2004 , Rudolstadt 2003, p. 132 ff.

Individual evidence

  1. Miriam von Gehren: The Duchess Anna Amalia Library in Weimar , Cologne 2013, p. 110

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