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Stadtkirche St. Marien (Parish Church of St. Mary)

Stadtkirche St. Marien (Parish Church of St. Mary) Review

From 1514 until his death in 1546, Martin Luther preached two sermons a week in the twin-tower Stadtkirche St. Marien. He and Katharina von Bora were married here (Luther broke with monasticism in 1525 and married the former nun). The altar triptych by Lucas Cranach the Elder includes a self-portrait, as well as portraits of Luther wearing the knight's disguise he adopted when hidden at the Wartburg; Luther preaching; Luther's wife and one of his sons; Melanchthon; and Lucas Cranach the Younger. Also notable is the 1457 bronze baptismal font by Herman Vischer the Elder. On the church's southeast corner is a discomforting juxtaposition of two Jewish-related monuments: a 1304 mocking caricature called the Jewish Pig, erected at the time of the expulsion of the town's Jews, and, on the cobblestone pavement, a contemporary memorial to the Jews who died at Auschwitz.

    Contact Information

  • Address: Kirchpl., Wittenberg, D–06886 | Map It
  • Phone: 03491/404–415
  • Cost: €1.50, including tour
  • Hours: May–Oct., daily 10–5; Nov.–Apr., daily 10–4
  • Location: Lutherstadt-Wittenberg
Updated: 11-07-2013

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