Germany to commence celebrations of 500 years since Reformation on Oct 31

Published on : Wednesday, October 26, 2016

germany-to-commence-celebrationsGermany will commence celebrations of the ‘Luther 2017 – 500 years since the Reformation’ anniversary year on 31 October 2016. Various festivals, events and exhibitions will commemorate this momentous event, which is celebrated throughout Germany.


On 31 October 1517, Martin Luther (1483-1546) nailed his famous theses to the door of Wittenberg’s castle church and, in so doing, he started the Reformation which celebrates its 500th anniversary in 2017. In his 95 theses Luther denounced the abuses of church power, such as the selling of indulgences.


Since then, 31 October has been known as Reformation Day, a time when Protestants around the world remember the beginning of the Reformation and the foundation of the Protestant Church.


Highlights include special exhibitions such as ‘The Luther Effect’ at the German Historical Museum in Berlin, ‘Luther and the Germans’ at Wartburg Castle in Eisenach, ‘Luther! 95 treasures – 95 people’ in the town of Wittenberg, and the Bavarian regional exhibition ‘Knights, Farmers, Lutherans’ in Coburg Fortress. And from 24 to 28 May 2017 the German Protestant Church Festival will take place in Berlin and Wittenberg.


Further outstanding exhibitions and events offering informative and interesting encounters with Martin Luther will also be held in Königstein, Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Magdeburg, Leipzig, Lübeck, Greifswald, Nuremberg, and other towns and cities.


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