Wartburg

Wartburg may not be a familiar name for most of you, but if you have studied the history of the Reformation you will most likely have heard about it.

You may also hear more about Wartburg later in the year as the 500th anniversary of Luther’s posting on the Castle Church Doors draws near.

Wartburg, Eisenach Germany, Martin Luther, Reformation MovementThe Wartburg is near Eisenach, Germany.

I visited this castle back in 2002, so the pictures are not the best as they were taken with a digital camera that saved images on floppy disks.

This is one place that I need to visit again when I have a free weekend in Germany.

Junker Joerg - Portrait of Martin Luther - Wartburg - Reformation DayMartin Luther was at Wartburg in 1521 and 1522. He was hiding there after he was excommunicated by Pope Leo X after the ‘Edict of Worms’ was published against him.

While hiding at the Wartburg, Luther disguised himself as a country squire and was known as Junker Joerg. The portrait was painted by Lucas Cranach the Elder who was well know for his portraits and for paintings of religious subjects.

Wartburg - Eisenach, Germany - Martin Luther - Reformation DayThis picture shows the room in the Wartburg where Martin Luther translated the New Testament from Latin into German.

Wartburg, Martin Luther, Reformation Day, Eisenach, GermanyIt was interesting to walk through the narrow hallways of the Wartburg and imagine walking in the steps of Martin Luther. Would I have had the courage to stand up against the religious leaders of that time?

Wartburg Chapel, Martin Luther, Reformation MovementHere is a chapel within the Wartburg where Luther may have worshiped while he was there.

I can just imagine the time of reflection that Martin Luther had at this time while he was hiding out.

Wartburg, Tower, Eisenach, Martin Luther, ReformationWartburg also has some Anabaptist history.

This is the South Tower of Wartburg. From 1540 until his death in 1548 an Anabaptist farmer named Fritz Erbe was imprisoned in a dungeon at the base of the tower for refusing to have his child baptized.

Definitely a place where religious history was made.

Have you visited Wartburg?

Steven

 

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