Martin Luther Sightseeing in Germany
Before we go anywhere, we read books and watch movies so that the boys are already learning before we get there. They really enjoyed learning all of the history about Martin Luther and the Reformation. We went to Wartburg Castle first, on our way to Berlin. And on our way back, we stopped in Wittenberg. Wartburg Castle is where Martin Luther hid when he was considered an outlaw and a heretic. While he was there, he translated the Bible into German. This castle was very, very old and built in 1067. Goethe also stayed in this castle for a little while, and it is an UNESCO world heritage site.
The view was just so pretty!St. Elizabeth’s Chapel Martin Luther’s roomThe Castle Church where Martin Luther nailed the 95 Theses to the church doors. The University Wittenberg used these doors to put up important announcements. Martin Luther is also buried in this church. It is also connected to Schloss Wittenberg.You can see the top of St. Mary’s church, which was where Martin Luther preached. They also had the first mass in German and communion was given to everyone in this church. This town also has the densest concentration of World Heritage sites in one area.
The first Protestant church service was held at St. Mary’s church in 1521. Old Market Square in Wittenberg with a statue of Luther.This little town also had canals. The other image is the front of St. Mary’s church.Altarpiece in St. Mary’s church.Students scratched their names on the back of the alterpiece, depending on whether they thought they were going to – the river of knowledge, if they were good at their studies, or Hell, if they were not. Luther’s son Johannes scratched his name on the right, but ended up doing better in school later.This is Lutherhaus, which was an amazing museum of his life. It was pretty incredible.This was his pulpit, and he also established the first community chest.This tree marks the spot where Luther burned the Papal Bull and Extermination in December of 1520.Another view of the Castle Church.