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The Reformation led to turmoil across Europe. Many French Protestants, or Huguenots, left the country; in 1631, their skills helped rebuild Magdeburg after the Thirty Years’ War. However, by then many had left Europe altogether and numerous landed in North America, which made it more difficult.
The first Protestant service in North America was held in Florida on April 30, 1562.
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Luther attended boarding school here and preached in St. John's Church in 1524. The people responded to his message; the parishes converted to the Protestant faith and the city became a leader in the Reformation.
The history of Magdeburg is one of the longest in Germany, with a number of highlights well-worth a visit.
The Magdeburg Cathedral dates back over 1,000 years. The enormous cathedral that stands today was the first to be built in the Gothic style in Germany; begun in 1209, it was finally finished in 1520.
Magdeburg’s oldest building is the Monastery of Our Lady; today, it houses a concert hall and museum of art.
The Market Square is known for its historic architechture and includes the City Hall (Rathaus), whose bronze door tells the story of the city in 14 panels. Not to miss is the golden Magdeburger Reiter (1240), the first equestrian statue north of the Alps.
Standing in brazen contrast to the city’s historic architecture is THE GREEN CITADEL® OF MAGDEBURG. Designed by the late Austrian artist and architect, Friedensreich Hundertwasser, this complex is gloriously shocking. Pink and wobbly-looking, it includes apartments, shops, a nursery school, offices and what could be Germany's most unusual hotel.