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Wartburg Castle – the most visited Reformation site; Deutsche Welle

One thousand years old and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Wartburg Castle in Thuringia is associated with many historical events. The most famous of these deals with an infamous ink stain – and Martin Luther.

In 1521/22, reformer Martin Luther had to spend a year at Wartburg Castle, but not by choice. It proved to be a very productive period for him. Four years earlier he had published his “Ninety-five Theses”, also known as the “Disputation on the Power of Indulgences,” demanding a reform within the Catholic Church.

Luther’s ideas were so radical that the Diet of Worms declared him an outlaw – meaning that all legal protection was withdrawn from him, making it possible for anyone to murder Luther without fear of prosecution.

 

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