Halle (Saale)

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Halle (Saale)

The Luther Connection

Halle (Saale) witnessed Luther’s preaches and is now home to one of the most remarkable of all relics –Martin Luther’s death mask. The original cast of Luther’s face and hands can be found in a small room inside the Market Church. Years after his death, the cast was altered to disguise the effect a stroke had on Luther‘s eyelid. His right hand’s gnarled fingers are the result of rheumatism, and he also suffered terrible pain from kidney stones, which were incurable at the time.

The city

George Frederic Handel
Handel was born in Halle (Saale) in 1685; his birthplace is now a museum, the Handel-Haus. This famous composer was not only baptized in the Church of Our Lady ('Liebfrauenkirche'), but also played the Reichel organ that is still in use today.

The Francke Foundations
The Francke Foundations are a social and educational charity founded in 1698. They were responsible for sending Henry Melchior Muhlenberg to Pennsylvania, where he founded the first Lutheran Church in America. Today, it is also famous for its Cabinet of Artifacts and Curiosities, which is said to be Germany’s oldest museum. The Cabinet of Artifacts and Curiosities remains true to its original layout from 1741; with unlabeled artifacts lining the shelves of different cases, the museum places the importance on the collection as a whole, rather than on the relevance of individual pieces.

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