Exhibits and festivals to mark the birth of the Protestant Reformation
Next year marks the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation and Germany is celebrating Martin Luther: monk, professor and church reformer. Born in Eisleben, Luther is famous for his 95 theses attacking the Catholic Church’s practice of selling “indulgences” to absolve sins, which gave birth to the Reformation. When Pope Leo excommunicated Luther from the Catholic Church in 1521, Luther hid in Eisenach for the next year, where he began translating the New Testament into German, which took 10 years to complete. There are eight routes in Germany that feature 36 authentic Luther sites — the castle church where he nailed his 95 theses to the door in 1517, Wartburg Castle where he translated some of the New Testament — and also a host of exhibits and festivals scheduled for throughout 2017 to learn more. Details are at germany.travel/en/specials/luther/luther.html where you can download the Luther 2017 brochure.
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