All Saints' Church, Wittenberg
All Saints' Church, Wittenberg ©Christof Herdt

All Saints' Church, Wittenberg – where Martin Luther is omnipresent

If there was one place that made church history, then it would definitely be the All Saints' Church in Wittenberg. This is where Martin Luther began to disseminate his Ninety-Five Theses in 1517; this is the cradle of the Reformation. 2017 will see the 500th anniversary of this event celebrated at the UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The spirit of upheaval dominates the church. This has always been a deeply religious site, ever since the Ascanian dukes founded an "All Saints" chapel here back in 1340. And around 150 years later, when an electoral castle was built in the same spot, its church was once again made an All Saints' Church. An extensive collection of relics transformed the church into a place of pilgrimage.

Philipp Melanchthon gave his inaugural speech in the All Saints' Church. This is also where the previously unknown Augustinian monk and professor of theology Martin Luther defied the church on 31 October 1517, by promoting a disputation on the sale of indulgences and publishing his Ninety-Five Theses. However, whether or not he actually posted these on the main door of the church is contested. The former "Theses Doors" are now made of bronze. Twelve stained-glass windows with portraits of the 13 most influential Reformation students of Luther have been added to the church to mark the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.

When Luther died in 1546, he was buried in the All Saints' Church in Wittenberg. His thoughts on indulgence and righteousness, which ultimately led to him penning his Ninety-Five Theses, are still as relevant today.

All Saints' Church, Wittenberg

Opening hours: Monday to Saturday, 10am to 4pm; Sunday, 11:30am to 4pm

Entry: free

Nearest train station: Leipzig

Tours: Monday to Saturday, 10:30am to 1:30pm; Sunday, 11:30am to 1:30pm,

Due to popular demand, we recommend signing up in advance

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