Travelogue: Wittenberg (G.G.)

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From May 28, 2004

The door where Luther nailed his 95 Theses

Wittenberg, Germany - We left Munich just in time - the weather was miserable as we hauled our backpacks to the train station through the red-light district. The last couple of days, Graham had had a mild cold, but by the time we reached our destination of Wittenberg it had well and truly spread to Nicole. Luckily we had enough energy to see Wittenberg well - and it was well worth it. It was the base of Martin Luther and the Reformation and has a really interesting museum about all the events of the time. Luther, who was a monk, became worried about the practice of people buying their forgiveness through the practice of indulgences, and came to the conclusion that salvation came through faith in Christ alone, thus spawning the Protestant churches. In the museum was an indulgence box, an original copy of the 95 theses (reasons) against indulgences, a copy of the papal documents excommunicating Luther and one of the early Bibles translated into German. After the museum, we wandered to the church where Luther reputedly nailed his 95 theses to the door. It was a really interesting day...


By Graham Llewellyn Grove


I've cut this from the travellogue my wife and I kept when we went travelling one year (original site Travels abroad)



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