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Markkleeberg Historical Gatehouse

In 1998, the 1813 Markkleeberg Historical Gatehouse Society opened a museum showing exhibits on subjects such as Markkleeberg during the Battle of Leipzig, local culture and rural customs, and the history of the gatehouse. The new room devoted to Markkleeberg explains what rural life was like. To mark the 190th anniversary of the Battle of Leipzig in October 2003, the biggest diorama anywhere in Leipzig New Lakeland measuring 20 square metres was added.

Leipziger Neuseenland

Address

Historisches Torhaus Markkleeberg
Kirchstr. 40
04416 Markkleeberg
Phone Phone (03 41) 3 38 57 76
Fax Fax (03 41) 42 90 290
E-Mail E-Mail torhaus-markkleeberg [at] gmx [dot] de
Web Web www.torhaus-markkleeberg.de

Contact Person

Förderverein „Historisches Torhaus zu Markkleeberg 1813“ e.V.

Details

In 1998, the 1813 Markkleeberg Historical Gatehouse Society opened a museum showing exhibits on subjects such as Markkleeberg during the Battle of Leipzig, local culture and rural customs, and the history of the gatehouse.
The new room devoted to Markkleeberg explains what rural life was like. To mark the 190th anniversary of the Battle of Leipzig in October 2003, the biggest diorama anywhere in Leipzig New Lakeland measuring 20 square metres was added. The amateur model-makers took six years to produce the 5,500 miniature soldiers required, including about 1,600 cavalrymen. Visitors are enthralled by the extraordinarily detailed landscape around the villages of Markkleeberg, Cröbern, Crostewitz and Wachau as well as Auenhain sheep farm, which is an accurate reflection of the area in 1813.
The diorama shows a snapshot of the battle in the early afternoon of the fateful 16 October 1813, which went down in history as the Battle of Wachau. The main theme is the arrival of the Austrian cavalry reserve under the command of Nostiz, having crossed the River Pleisse with great difficulty. They attacked the powerful French and Polish cavalry on the fields between Markkleeberg, Crostewitz and the sheep farm, who were already fighting the Russian Lubny Hussars and the Levashov's Russian Cuirassier Brigade.
The gatehouse built in 1664 is part of the former Markkleeberg Manor. During the Battle of Leipzig, the manor was the centre of fierce fighting.
Visitors can walk past two portals with recessed seating for guards dating back to the Renaissance made out of Rochlitz porphyry.
Inside the gatehouse is a comfortable room with an adjoining kitchen where an open fire was used for cooking. It is thought that the barrel vault of the underlying wine cellar may stem from the manor's Gothic predecessor. The Gatehouse regularly hosts cultural events.

Opening Times

Guided tours and talks on local history and the Battle of Leipzig by prior arrangement

Monday:9am–3pm
Tuesday:9am–3pm
Wednesday:9am–3pm
Thursday:9am–3pm
Friday:9am–3pm
Sunday:2–5pm