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Ausstellung im Bachhaus - Arnstadt
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The town of Arnstadt is home to one of the most important places of residence of the Bach family: the house at Kohlgasse 7. No other Bach location, known as a 'Bachstadt', in Germany contains a preserved building that is directly linked to Johann Sebastian Bach and was frequently visited and maybe even called home by the famous composer.
The front building at the property at Kohlgasse 7 was constructed after the major city fire in 1581. The baker's widow Elisabeth Kannewurf, who owned the property up until 1687, bequeathed the building and its several fields to the court musician Johann Christoph Bach, the twin brother of Johann Sebastian Bach's father, in a maintenance agreement. When the young J.S. Bach came to Arnstadt at the age of 18, his uncle had already passed away and his aunt Maria Elisabeth Bach and her children, including Johann Ernst Bach, were living in the house. Johann Ernst was not only a close relative of Johann Sebastian but also became his close friend, so much so that he even stood in for him at the New Church during the musician's time in the city of Lübeck. The house was ultimately owned by the Bach family for a total of 45 years and acted as a meeting place for all of its relatives.