Martin Luther and the Reformation
In October 2017 we mark 500 years of Reformation. Here we look at the life and work of Martin Luther, his translation of the bible, the ‘sites of the Reformation’ and more.
In 2017 it is not only 500 years of Reformation we are celebrating, but the role it played in the development of the modern age. What started in Wittenberg in the 16th century changed Germany, Europe and the whole world. It is the global influence of Reformation that will be at the heart of the anniversary celebrations, and will be showcased through several exhibitions across the globe.
Ninety-five theses, allegedly nailed to the wooden door of Wittenberg’s castle church in 1517, became one of the main symbols for the Protestant Reformation. Their author was a German theologian: Martin Luther. 500 years on, we take a closer look at the life of this important figure of German history.
Whilst laying low at Wartburg Castle, Luther turned his attention to translating the bible from Greek to German. In doing so, he produced a seminal literary work which played a significant role in creating a modern German language.
The towns and places upon which Martin Luther left his mark during the Reformation are many and varied. At these sites of the Reformation, which include two UNESCO World Heritage Sites, visitors can follow in Luther's footsteps and experience history first hand.