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"One should praise women, be it either true or false."
Martin Luther made his first visit to Gotha in May 1515, an event that would repeat itself often before his last visit in 1540. Not only did he come to the city to visit the Augustinian monastery, but also to rest on his way to Worms, Marburg, and Schmalkalden. The German Augustinian congregation elected Luther District Vicar for 11 years running, which brought the Great Reformer to the city many times. Today, visitors can still visit the Luther House on the market square where Luther stayed on his way back from the “Princely Council” in Schmalkalden on February 27, 1537. Bed-ridden due to severe kidney pain, Luther stayed in the former guest house until May 4th; believing he would die, he used this time to dictate his last will and testament to friend and fellow reformer, Johannes Bugenhagen. Gotha’s St. Margaret’s Church was the first to convert to Protestantism in 1522; today, two impressive statues of Martin Luther and Phillip Melanchthon welcome visitors at the gates of the church that brought the Reformation to Gotha.