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January 30th, 2010 – by: aloneinthecrowd
After breakfast we headed to Wittenberg which is about a 45 minutes drive by car away from Sandersdorf. It was a cold and dull day, snowfall and icy road conditions. Anyway, we decided to go there and we did it.
At first we visited the castle church where Martin Luther nailed his 95 thesis against the selling of indulgences at the front door in 1517. Of course the original door is dilapidated during the years but they made a new one from bronce with the thesis written on it. Unfortunately it was too early and the church was still closed and when we came back after our tour it was closed again. Bad luck for us. So, we haven't seen the church from inside :(
The market place with its statues of Martin Luther and Phillip Melanchthon (a german humanist and friend of Martin Luther) is a beautiful place and I can imagine how nice it must be to be there in summer and enjoying some icecream in a little cafe.
The Cranach yard was the next place to go. At this yard Lucas Cranach the Elder lived and worked here as a painter and printmaker aswell as his son Lucas Cranach the younger and some of their students. The elder Cranach was also friend to Martin Luther and Phillip Melanchthon and painted them often aswell as other leaders of the Protestant Reformation. His son continued his work after his death.
I must say that I don't like the paintings of this period. They are mostly dark and show old grumpy people ;)
On our way to St. Mary's church, where Martin Luther preached we passed the University of Wittenberg which was founded in 1502.
In the meantime it got noon and we were chilled to the bone and entered a cafe to have some hot Latte Macchiato and warm up a bit. We have strolled the city for 2 hours now but no sign of the famous Luther House. After finishing our coffee we went looking for it. Finally we've found it at the end of the road. We got a ticket for both museums, the Luther House and the Melanchthon House, because it was cheaper as to buy one for each museum.
The Luther House is huge and you need at least 2 hours just to see only a bit of it. Since it closes at 5 p.m. already we had to hurry to see every room of the huge building.
Entering the Melanchthon House we learnt that it'll close in April for some extensive renovations. To be honest I've never heard of Melanchthon before my visit in Wittenberg :o Although I'm sure I'm not the only one :p Anyway, it was interesting to see the very old house from inside.
This was a day packed with history and informations, but it was a great one.
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