Luther 2017 – 500 years since the Reformation. A journey of his life.

It has been 500 years since Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg. Although there is no historical proof of this happening, it was an event that changed the world – and this great anniversary in 2017 will be marked in fitting style, not just in Wittenberg and Eisleben but across the country. Germany is paying tribute to one of its greatest sons with an entire decade devoted to Martin Luther: monk, professor and church reformer.

Follow German Heritage Travel and the German American Heritage Foundation in the footsteps of Martin Luther throughout Germany and embark on a fascinating journey to the great distant age of the Reformation. Click here to see our Tour…

The milestones of Luthers Life:

Born in Eisleben

10.11.1483

Luther was born in Eisleben, Saxony.

Study

1484

Luther entered the University of Erfurt, which he described later as a beerhouse and a whorehouse. He received his master”s law degree in 1505

Lightning bolt experience

1501

The lightning bolt experience changed Luther’s life. He was terrified of death and divine judgement, he cried out, ” Help! Saint Anna, I will become a monk!”

Entered the cloister

17.07.1505

Luther left Law school, sold his books and entered the Augustinian cloister of Erfurt

Ordained to the Priesthood

1507

Luther was ordained to the priesthood and send to the newly founded University of Wittenberg to study theology.

Doctor Title

10.19.1512

Luther was awarded his Doctor of Theology and at the 21 October he was received into the senate of the theological faculty.

Tetzel started his business

1516

In 1516, Johann Tetzel, a Dominican Friar was send by the Pope to sell indulgences to raise money to rebuild St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome.

The Ninety-Five Theses

30.10.1517

On 31 October 1517, Luther wrote to Albert of Mainz the bishop protesting the sale of indulgences. He enclosed in his letter a copy of his “Disputation of Martin Luther on the Power and Efficacy of Indulgences”, which came to be known as The Ninety-Five Theses.

Papal Bull

15.06.1520

The pope warned Luther with the papal bull Exurge Domine that he risked excommunication unless he recanted 41 sentences drawn from his writings, including the 95 theses, within 60 days.

Excommunication

03.01.1521

Luther was excommunicated by Pope Leo X

Edict of Worms

25.02.1521

The Emperor presented the final draft of the Edict of Worms

Wartburg

1521 – 1522

Luther escaped to Wartburg where he translated the Bible into German, which was printed by Johannes Gutenberg.

Marriage

1523

In April 1523 Luther married Katharina von Bora a nun.

Large Catechism

1529

Luther wrote the large Catechism, a manual for pastors and teachers.

Death

1546

Luther died in Eisleben the city of his birth