When Martin Luther sent his 95 Theses to Albert of Mainz, the most powerful cleric in the Holy German Empire, and possibly nailed them to the main door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg on 31 October 1517, the world was changed. Luther only wanted to reform the church, but after the Leipzig Disputation of 1519 at the latest, a split was inevitable. The Reformation, however, was not just an event that started in Saxony and affected the whole world, but also a long process that found its culmination only after many decades of wrangling. Already at the end of the 16th century, Saxony had been given the honorary title “Motherland of the Reformation”, a legacy to which also the current federal state declares itself. Authentic sites tell of the work of the reformer Martin Luther, of his supporters and opponents in the area of today’s Saxony, making it a palpable experience as the Reformation’s most significant place of origin:
The world’s first newly-built Protestant church building consecrated by Luther himself, the grave of Katharina von Bora and the house in which she died, the world-wide largest collection of exhibits from the time of Reformation and the biggest Cranach collection in the world in Dresden, and the largest painted Renaissance ceiling in the Central German area, also known as the “Löbnitz Picture Bible” ... they can all be found in Saxony.
Many more authentic traces of the Reformation in Saxony can be found along the 550 km-long Luther Trail with its 27 stations, leading through beautiful countryside along scenic villages, castles and towns.
Tourism News – Special edition on the occasion of the Reformation anniversary in Saxony
Saxony - Motherland of Reformation
Saxony - Reformation and Art
Saxony - The Melody of the Reformation
Reformation - The Catholic Side
Saxony - Luther Trail (long)
Saxony - Luther Trail (short)
Saxony - Events (2017 - 2018)
Dresden - Martin Luther and Dresden
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