Luther’s Birthplace

Lutherstadt Eisleben / Germany

luther's birthplace
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  • Martin Luther (1483–1546)
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  • Building

Martin Luther was born in Eisleben on 10th November 1483, and the citizens of Eisleben began cultivating the memory of their greatest son in his birthplace very early on: already in the late 17th century, a public museum was set up for Luther pilgrims, making this house the oldest memorial to a single person anywhere in the German-speaking world.

The long tradition of mining in the region is illustrated by two stone corbels crafted around 1290. These depict two people, Nappian and Neucke, working in a mine. According to the legend they were the first two miners in Mansfelder Land. The gravestone inscriptions in the Eisleben town cemetery are of a particularly artistic quality. The imagery is indicative of the people’s piety both before and after the Reformation, and depicts not only those who died and their families, but also some scenes from the Bible with portraits of the City of Eisleben and its surrounding area. Luther also appears in some of the scenes. In the historical building, the exhibition provides a vivid picture of domestic culture in the time around 1500. Wooden furniture and tile ovens offer an impression of how the family might have lived. They were produced according to historical models using the techniques of the time. Hundreds of years of Luther remembrance in this location are focused on the ‘Schöne Saal’, or ‘beautiful hall’, which has served to commemorate Martin Luther since the Baroque period. It is furnished with twelve life-size portraits, as well as a sculpture of a swan whose form is unlike any other – a symbol of Martin Luther.

Luther’s Birthplace
Lutherstraße 15
06295 Lutherstadt Eisleben
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