On 17th October 1707, a wedding party made its way from Arnstadt to Dornheim, three kilometres away. The betrothed were none other than Johann Sebastian Bach and his second cousin Maria Barbara Bach. The friendship of the young Bach to the Dornheim pastor Johann Lorenz Stauber was surely the main reason why the small village church had been selected for this happy event. Despite repeated repairs, Bach's wedding church was in such a wretched state in 1996 that even demolition was considered. Inspired local citizens joined forces with the aim to save the building and enabled its comprehensive reconstruction. Today, this Bach memorial site attracts thousands of visitors every year from home and abroad. It is a popular concert and wedding church.