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Wittenberg, Saxony: Chapel exhibit in the Luther House, the largest museum of Protestant Reformation history in the world.
From Reformation Tours LLC website re Luther House: "It was in 1508 that Luther, as an Augustinian monk, first lived in this large home. It had been built Frederick the Wise and is a magnificent example of late medieval architecture. When the monastery was closed, Frederick the Wise gave the home to Luther and his family.
"The Luther House is now the largest museum for reformation history in the world. In the collection, there are about 15,000 books and pamphlets from the 16th - 18th centuries, about 13,000 individual sheets from the 16th - 20th centuries, 6,000 original manuscripts from the 11th - 19th centuries, about 1,600 coins and medallions, 135 paintings, 50 incunabula (early printed book) and one of a kind pieces.The museum also houses many portraits of the Reformer and his contemporaries by such great artists as Cranach." (end of direct quote).
Located on the northern bank of the Elbe River, Wittenberg dates from the 1100s and was chartered as a city in 1293. Today it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site because of its importance via Martin Luther to the Protestant Reformation.
Wittenberg was the site of the first Germany university in 1502 to which Luther arrived as an Augustine monk in 1508. In 1517 he spoke out against the existing church conditions, making Wittenberg the center of the ensuing Reformation and the founding of both the Protestant Reformation and the Lutheran religion.
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