Saturday, September 17, 2016

Luther In The Rain

Mrs. C is Lutheran. (My ancestors were Irish and Polish, so you can figure that part out.) We did a day trip today to Wittenberg, also known as Lutherstadt. I like to think of it in English as Lutherville. It's the town where he lived most of his life.

We've had warm weather and dry conditions the whole trip until today. There was a light but steady rain when we arrived, and guess who didn't bring an umbrella. We had arranged for a guide, Bettina Brett,  who found one for me. And so on into the Reformation.

2017 is the 500th anniversary of when Martin Luther published his 95 theses, which may or may not have been nailed to the door of the church below. That door now has them all set out in bronze. This town is going to be a zoo next year. All the hotels are already booked. They are still working on things at the moment but there was plenty to see.

Luther and the painter Lukas Cranach the Elder were pals. Bettina told us that his favorite pastime was making portraits of Marty. For example, the painting in yesterday's post.

And, in the end, we tourists are everywhere. Better we went this year.               


bill burke said...

Looks like an interesting day with lots to see. Glad your guide got umbrellas for you.

Sharon Anck said...

Umbrella....I must remember to pack an umbrella. Love the photos!

Stefan Jansson said...

If it has to do with religion, I'm clueless!

William Kendall said...

Yes, I can just imagine it'll be chaotic next year. Beautiful inside!

Gunn said...

Well, we learned about Luther at school... here in Norway.
It would have brought back some memories walking around there.

Anyway, we have not had rain for a week and have had an "Indian Summer" here up in the north of Europe.