Many of you know the great hymn that starts “A mighty fortress is our God….”
You may even know that it was written by Martin Luther. However you may not know the inspiration for the hymn.
I took a picture of one of the interpretive signs that showed what the complex may have looked like. The church building was part of the Ascanian Duke’s fortress/castle/palace. It would have been a very secure place.
Here is a picture taken from the tower end. You may notice the wording on the band below the crown section. The wording is Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott which is the opening line in German of the hymn.
These doors are very important in Reformation History.
The original wooden doors had been burnt in 1760 during the Pomeranian War.
The grave of Martin Luther, is also inside the church building. For more on this see my post: Martin Luther’s Grave
We need to remember that our God is a mighty fortress, especially in the troubled times we are living in.