Thursday, 18 August 2016

Luther Memorials in Eisleben and Wittenberg

There are six places in Eisleben and Wittenberg associated with Luther that are listed in the UNESCO World Heritage list. I have two postcards showing three of those places.

Luther's Birthplace and Luther's Death House
This postcard was sent by Katrin

Martin Luther was born in Eisleben on November 10, 1483. Eisleben's residents began to commemorate their city’s most famous son at a very early date; by the end of the seventeenth century, they had already provided Luther pilgrims with a public museum in the house where Luther was born. This makes the museum one of the oldest institutions of its kind in a German-speaking country. The house's present appearance derives from renovation work carried out after the city fire of 1689. - in:

Throughout his life, Martin Luther maintained close contact to the Mansfeld district. He visited Eisleben, the town where he was born, on numerous occasions to exert his influence over events. Luther was paying another visit to the town to mediate among the quarrelling local rulers when he died there on February 18, 1546. 

Today, the museum located opposite the Eisleben market commemorates Luther’s death. The house was first named Luther’s Death House in 1726. In 1863, the Prussian treasury acquired the building and established a memorial on the site. - in:

All Saints' Church
This postcard was sent by Michèle

All Saints' Church, commonly referred to as Schlosskirche (Castle Church) to distinguish it from the Stadtkirche (Town Church) of St. Mary – and sometimes known as the Reformation Memorial Church – is a Lutheran church in Wittenberg, Germany. It is the site where, according to university custom, the Ninety-Five Theses were posted by Martin Luther on 31 October 1517, the act that has been called the start of the Protestant Reformation. - in: wikipedia

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