Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Luther Monuments, Eisleben - GERMANY - UNESCO #783

Eisleben is a little town in Germany, famous as the hometown of the Protestant reformer Martin Luther in the 15th century, hence its official name is Lutherstadt Eisleben. Eisleben was a pioneer of "heritage tourism" — it took steps to preserve its Luther memorials as far back as 1689. In this multiview postcard we can see some of the major landmarks of this tiny town, including St Andrews Church (top right corner) where Luther delivered his last sermons and where his funeral service was held. Thank you very much Marcel for the 288th card in my UNESCO collection (only 693 to finish). This postcard took 3 days to arrive!

UNESCO #783 - Luther Monuments in Eisleben - GERMANY
These places in Saxony-Anhalt are all associated with the lives of Martin Luther and his fellow-reformer Melanchthon. They include Melanchthon's house in Wittenberg, the houses in Eisleben where Luther was born in 1483 and died in 1546, his room in Wittenberg, the local church and the castle church where, on 31 October 1517, Luther posted his famous '95 Theses', which launched the Reformation and a new era in the religious and political history of the Western world.

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