Planning Your Reformation tour? Don’t Miss the Wittenburg Castle Church!

Reformation Tour stop: Wittenburg Castle Church
Reformation Tour stop: Wittenburg Castle Church

Are you planning a Reformation Tour from Minneapolis? The Wittenburg Castle Church and the site of Luther's Ninety-Five Theses is a must see for any group tour. 

the protestant reformation

The Protestant Reformation went through numerous fits and starts before finally gaining traction in the City of Wittenberg. It is ironic that Protestantism found its first true success in the very heart of the Papal-supported Holy Roman Empire. Its pre-16th century history notwithstanding, Wittenberg will forever be remembered for the fateful date of October 31, 1517, when Martin Luther posted his Ninety-Five Theses on the Castle Church doors. Luther’s writings gave birth to Protestant Christianity. Today, the Castle Church is revered by Lutherans the world over. 

Martin Luther's 95 Theses on the Door of Wittenberg Castle Church
Martin Luther's 95 Theses on the Door of Wittenberg Castle Church

wittenberg castle church

Today the Castle Church is among the most important and visited sites on Reformation Tours.  Your tour would be incomplete without including Wittenberg on its itinerary.

The Wittenberg Castle Church, also known as All Saints Church, was actually a late addition to Wittenberg Castle, and was completed shortly before Luther became a teacher at the university there. The original castle was substantially damaged during the Seven Years War, and rebuilt in 1892. At the time of the restoration, one of the castle’s towers was incorporated into the church as a bell-tower. The famous original wooden doors were also damaged during this period and were replaced by bronze ones. As a testament to Luther, the new doors were engraved with a copy of the Ninety-Five Theses.

Inside the church is a large stone marker topped with an engraved bronze plaque which marks the spot where Martin Luther is buried. Bronze engravings of Luther are on the wall near the tomb. You will also find an early copy of the 95 Theses on display. A number of other pre-Lutheran relics are buried within the church, as well.

other sites in wittenberg

Wittenberg is home to a number of other Luther and Reformation sites. The Martin Luther House, also known as the Lutherhalle, is now a museum dedicated to the Reformation and has a large collection of Luther-related curiosities. The Philip Melanchthon House located next door was home to one of Luther’s early followers and is also now a museum. A Martin Luther Memorial Statue also stands in the center of town. You won't want to miss these sites as your plan your Reformation Tour.

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