500 years since the Reformation
Located in Saale-Unstrut, a region famous for castles and winemaking, the cathedral town of Naumburg looks back on a history of almost a thousand years and has many associations with Martin Luther and the Reformation.
Martin Luther stopped in Naumburg for the first time in 1521 on his procession to the Diet of Worms. Some 20 years later, in January 1542, he inaugurated his trusted friend Nicolaus von Amsdorf as the first Lutheran bishop at the cathedral.
The late-Romanesque/early-Gothic cathedral is today one of the most important cultural monuments from the High Middle Ages in Europe and is a leading attraction along the Romanesque Route. Also famous is 'Uta of Naumburg', one of twelve statues of the cathedral founders. This stone sculpture dating from the 13th century is a major work of the German Gothic style.
Naumburg is a picturesque town with cultural monuments from the Romanesque and Gothic periods, colourful town houses from the Renaissance and baroque eras and pretty little lanes. Fans of baroque music should be sure to visit the Church of St. Wenceslas with the largest Hildebrandt organ in the world. It is considered the embodiment of Johann Sebastian Bach's ideal organ. Its chimes can be heard several times a week from May to October as part of a short concert at midday.
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