500 years since the Reformation
Magdeburg, the central point on the Romanesque Route and today the state capital of Saxony-Anhalt, was visited by Martin Luther on several occasions. From 1497 to 1498 he studied under the Brethren of the Common Life, a religious community.
Luther visited Magdeburg again in 1524 with great success. As a result of his sermons at St. John's Church in the heart of the old quarter and the former church of the Augustinian monastery (today Walloon Church), the city of Magdeburg abolished the Catholic mass that very same year and the prior closed the abbey.
Today, you can still see remains of the monastery's cloister, which was later pulled down, on the outside wall of the High Gothic Walloon Church. Luther, the passionate preacher, is commemorated by a statue outside St. John's Church.
The most famous site in Magdeburg is the cathedral. It is the oldest Gothic cathedral in Germany and one of the largest churches in the country. As a contemporary contrast, architect and artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser created the Green Citadel nearby. With its bright colours and few right angles, this visionary complex is a delightful place to visit with its inner courtyards, little shops and a café.