500 years since the Reformation
At the start of the year in 1524, more than 2,000 people flocked to Allstedt to hear Thomas Müntzer preach in the Church of St. John. Today people from all over the world come here to trace the history of this revolutionary church reformer.
It was in Allstedt that Müntzer first conducted an entire church service in German rather than Latin. Believers travelled from far and wide to hear him preach, although Luther distanced himself from Müntzer because he was attacking secular powers as well. Müntzer delivered his sermon to the princes at Allstedt Castle & Palace in 1524 – marking the spiritual beginning of the Peasants' War.
Today there are exhibitions at Allstedt Castle & Palace illustrating Müntzer's influence. The Church of St. John, where he preached, can also be visited.
Allstedt is surrounded by the Kyffhäuser massif and the southern Harz region, making it an ideal base for excursions to Barbarossa's Cave and the European Rosarium in Sangerhausen. As well as the restored castle, the late-Gothic town hall with its baroque meeting chamber is worth a visit. Allstedt lies on the Romanesque Route.
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