Monday, September 19, 2016


On the way to Dresden, through lovely countryside, we stopped in Wittenberg, where a university established in 1502 attracted such thinkers as Martin Luther. Here's the door of the church to which he supposedly nailed his 95 theses against the selling of indulgences by the church, marking the beginning of the Protestant Reformation. Honestly, the door looks a little new to me for that, but still...

The church's dramatic tower:

 The University itself is rather unprepossessing from the street:

 Martin Luther's home is a bit more impressive:

Mrs. Luther, Katharina von Bora, raised in cloisters and monasteries, with which she became disenchanted. Escaping with several others, with Luther's help. He eventually found homes, marriages, or employment for all but Katharina, whom he married.

I'm more interested in architecture and Wittemberg was a feast for that:

Statue of Philippe Melanchton, a 16th-century reformer and collaborator of Martin Luther's:

 The architectural details are very rich:

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