Castle Church (Eisenberg)

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Christiansburg Castle with the attached Castle Church
Floor plan (after Werner)
Chancel with the two-story organ

The Schlosskirche St. Trinitatis is a church in the Thuringian town of Eisenberg . It is considered the most magnificent baroque church in Thuringia .


Interior panorama of St. Trinitatis Eisenberg
St. Trinitatis, the most magnificent baroque church in Thuringia

After the death of his father, Duke Ernst I of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg , Duke Christian von Sachsen-Eisenberg received part of the former Principality of Altenburg with the offices of Eisenberg, Camburg, Ronneburg and Roda as the Duchy of Saxe-Eisenberg . He chose the city of Eisenberg as his residence. Here he built the Christiansburg Palace , on the east side of which he built the baroque palace church from 1680 to 1692.

The Eisenberg Castle Church is a transverse church with a choir facing east, in which the pulpit altar and the two-story organ are located. The building was managed by Wilhelm Gundermann from Altenburg and Johann Moritz Richter from Weißenfels . The court painter Harms painted the church since 1684. The vaulted choir ceiling is filled with the fresco "Adoration of the 24 Elders, Before the Throne of God". The arched arch is decorated with plastic stucco work.

The altarpiece depicts the Annunciation and is surrounded by a wreath of flowers and fruits in stucco work. The altar painting was created by the Gotha chamber painter von Block. The large golden letters above the altar mean: “The word of the Lord abides forever” - “Verbum-Domini-Manet-In-Aeternum”.

In 1707 the duke died; he was buried in the church under the altar. After his death, the Duchy of Saxony-Eisenberg was dissolved. With this, the castle church lost its function as such. In 1799 the nephew of Duke Johann Adolf von Sachsen-Gotha-Altenburg was buried in the castle church, who had lived in Schloss Friedrichstanneck not far from Eisenberg since 1756 .

In 1901 the church was restored at the behest of Duke Ernst von Sachsen-Altenburg. In 1920 it came into the possession of the city of Eisenberg. Services were held here until 1958. Then the church was renovated again and became part of the district home museum. It was now mainly used for concerts. From 1989 to 1992 the church was restored and consecrated again for the first Advent in 1992, 300 years after the first consecration. Today the church can be visited from Tuesday to Sunday. Once a month there is a service in the castle church. Church weddings are also possible there.


The two-manual organ with 21 registers was installed in 1683 by Leipzig organ builder Christoph Donat and expanded in 1731 by Tobias Heinrich Gottfried Trost . In 1862, Karl Ernst Poppe (Altenburg) rebuilt the building for 392 thalers, with a further rescheduling. After several restoration work in 1963 by Gerhard Kirchner and 1977 by Wilhelm Rühle , the organ was restored in 1988 by the company Eule Orgelbau Bautzen .

I Hauptwerk C, D – c 3
1. Qvinta dena 16 ′
2. Principal 8th'
3. Open flute 8th'
4th Rude 8th'
5. Flute travers 8th'
6th Reed flute 4 ′
7th Octava 4 ′
8th. Qvinta 3 ′
9. Hollow flute 2 ′
10. Mixture 5f
II breastwork C, D – c 3
11. Dumped 8th'
12. Principal 4 ′
13. Night horn 4 ′
14th Pointed flute 2 ′
15th Qvinta 1 13
16. Sufflute 1'
17th Singing shelf 8th'
Pedal C, D – d 1
18th Sub-bass 16 ′
19th Octave bass 8th'
20th Trombone bass 16 ′
21st Trumpet bass 8th'

Tuning pitch: 467.3 Hz (approx. One semitone higher)

Tuning type: modified mid-tone


  • H. Werner: The Thuringian castle church building - I. The castle church of Eisenberg In: The Thuringian flag. Monthly booklets for the Central German homeland, 3rd year, Verlag G. Neuenhahn, Jena 1934, pp. 510-518
  • Brochure The Churches of the City of Eisenberg Thuringia Comments from the City Archives of the City of Eisenberg.
  • Niels Fleck: Princely representation in the sacred space. The palace churches of the Thuringian-Ernestine residences in the 17th and early 18th centuries , Berlin / Munich 2015, pp. 135–170

Web links

Commons : Schlosskirche Eisenberg  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Information about the organ on Retrieved April 4, 2019 .

Coordinates: 50 ° 57 ′ 57 ″  N , 11 ° 54 ′ 19 ″  E