Sightseeing in Mansfeld Lutherstadt
Mansfeld, located quite close to Eisleben, is where Martin Luther's family moved to within months of his birth. The town, however, added Lutherstadt to its name only in the 1990s. Thus, understandably, the Luther sights in Mansfeld receive far fewer visitors than, say, Wittenberg , Eisleben, and Eisenach, the other Lutherstadts.
Luther spent his childhood in this town until he moved in 1497 to study in Magdeburg. His parents’ house was partly destroyed in 1805 but largely reconstructed in 1883. It has been converted into a museum devoted to Luther’s childhood. The Museum Luthers Elternhaus (Luther’s parents’ home), Lutherstraße 26, has relatively short opening hours, reflecting the fact that this town is only visited by the truly devout.
Luther first worshipped in the Talkirche St Georg (Municipal Church of St George), Lutherstraße 7. However, the current church was built right after Luther left the town. Its present layout is single-aisled Gothic and most of the decorations date from the early 16th century. Opening hours are the same as for the Museum.
Across the road is the Luther Schule where Martin Luther first attended school. His bad experiences there are credited for the interest he showed in reforming the education system later in his life. The original school was destroyed, but a modern copy was constructed in 2000 and is used as an information center with multimedia displays.
Farther down Lutherstraße, close to the Rathaus, is the Lutherbrunne (Luther Fountain). It was created in 1913 and has a statue of a 13-year-old Martin Luther.
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