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The remains in his tombstone indicate that Martin Luther lived for 63 years.
Lutherstadt Eisleben played stage to many important events in Luther's life, including his birth, baptism, and death. He preached many times at the city's various churches and, in his role as District Vicar, also directly influenced the construction of one of the region's first Protestant churches. Today, the city's churches still serve as spiritual havens and impressive architectural relics of the Reformation, inviting you to stand where people once gathered to hear the Great Reformer preach. Lutherstadt Eisleben is also home to unique attractions that afford a rare, intimate look at Luther's formative childhood years. What better way to start your Reformation adventure than where Luther's life began?
Martin Luther's Birthplace is said to be one of the world's oldest "heritage tourism" sites, having been turned into a public museum as early as 1693. A reconstruction of the original house, this UNESCO World Heritage site is home to the permanent exhibition "Where I come from – Martin Luther and Eisleben". Learn more about Martin Luther's beginnings while marveling at authentic artefacts, such as Luther's original baptismal font from 1518!
Also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Luther's Death House is a skillful late-Gothic reconstruction of the original house that now houses an entire museum dedicated to Martin Luther and the history of the Reformation. The exhibition "Luther's Last Path" ("Luthers letzter Weg") chronicles his passing and features over 100 authentic exhibits, including historic furniture, documents, and signatures, as well as the original cloth that covered Luther's coffin.
Luther was baptized in the Church of St. Peter and St. Paul on November 11, 1483. The font where Luther was baptized still remains, while a new "Luther Font" created in Luther's memory joins the church's redesigned Gothic interior in inspiring guests to reflect on their faith. Since 2012, the church is also home to the "Baptism Center", which aims to address the meaning of baptism in modern times.
The two spires of St. Andrew's Church build the architectural focal point of Lutherstadt Eisleben's historic Old Town. Mentioned as early as 1180, this ancient church served as Martin Luther's final stage; from January 31 – February 15, 1546, the Great Reformer gave his last four sermons from the church pulpit. With its eleven narrow steps, this same pulpit is still used today for major religious occasions.