Motherland of the Reformation

Motherland of the Reformation


LUTHER AND THE PRINCES

In 1515, Pope Leo X proclaimed an indulgence that was to save believers from purgatory against a fee. In Luther's geographical surroundings, the Dominican monk Johann Tetzel from the Saxon town of Pirna used this as a means to gather money for the construction of St. Peter's Basilica and for the debt relief of his mighty sovereign, Cardinal Albert of Mainz. This animated Luther to protest and write his theses, which he sent to this very Cardinal. While the Saxon Electors protected Luther, his ideas were reflected in the self-display of the sovereigns and their understanding of rulership.

The National Special Exhibition

Already two years before the 500th jubilee of Luther's theses, a great National Special Exhibition takes place in Torgau.

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World-famous collections

Since the Saxon rulers were wealthy and lovers of the arts, the museums of the Dresden State Art Collections are among the best in the world.

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Treasure hunt

Artifacts from the times of Reformation can be found in various museums of the Dresden State Art Collections.

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