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Jena, Schiller's garden house

Jena

Jena in Thuringia was one of the places where the Luther Bible was printed, so the city played an instrumental role in spreading Luther's teachings.

Luther stayed in Jena several times and his first visit in 1522 was particularly tense: at that time, Luther was ostracised in the Holy Roman Empire and hid at Wartburg Castle under the guise of 'Squire George'. He visited Jena in this disguise and stayed at the Black Bear (Zum Schwarzen Bär). You can still enjoy Thuringian specialities in the Luther Room at this hotel today.

Two years later, Luther held a sermon at St Michael's Church in the town. His pulpit is preserved in the church to this day. Jena is regarded as an important location for the printing of the Lutheran Bible.

Highlights

Jena, a modern and lively university town and city of science, has a fascinating history as well as a host of visitor attractions. Among the highlights are St. Michael's Church with the original memorial plate intended for Luther's grave, the historical town hall, the JenTower with viewing platform, the famous Zeiss Planetarium and Schiller's summer house.

Eventos

Quality over quantity: this is the unwritten law that determines which artists are invited to perform at Jena's annual Cultural Arena festival. Performers will be participating in a programme of contrasts, ushered in by a four-day theatre spectacular. This is then followed by a string of films, concerts, Sunday bills for children and various specials, in a line-up that is as unconventional as it is entertaining.

The origins of the Cultural Arena stem from a huge misunderstanding: in 1987, when Jena was still part of East Germany, the town council decided to demolish the theatre's auditorium in the hope of a newer, better building. But nothing happened – meaning that Jena was left with a semi-ruin with an open space in front of it, instead of a theatre. In 1991, however, a theatre team blessed with equal amounts of idealism and optimism began working in the ruins once more. They planted the seed of what subsequently grew into Jena's new theatre and the Cultural Arena. For more than 20 years now, enthusiastic audiences and exceptional artists have come together in the Cultural Arena to celebrate a special festival of the arts. The event, now a seven-week-long open air festival in the centre of Thuringia's second biggest city, is no longer an insider's tip, and the Arena has long been a fixture in Jena and far beyond. Headliners such as Patti Smith, Götz Alsmann, Ute Lemper, Lou Reed, John Cale, Nigel Kennedy, Einstürzende Neubauten, Element of Crime, Nina Hagen and Wir sind Helden draw crowds of up to 70,000 people each year. When you look at it like this, tearing down the theatre all those years ago was not such a bad decision after all.

Próximas datas:

05.07.2019 - 25.08.2019

Local do evento

Theatervorplatz
Engelplatz
07743 Jena

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