Martin Luther in Magdeburg and Middle Germany

10th November 1483 born in Eisleben

1497/1498 student in Magdeburg at the „brethren of the Common life“

1505 he became a member of the Order of St. Augustine in Erfurt

1508/1509 studies of theology in Wittenberg

1516 journey to Magdeburg

From 1517 „sale of indulgences“ in Magdeburg by the monk Johannes Tetzel

31th October 1517 Luther published his 95 Theses, which is said to have been nailed to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg. This was the beginning of the Reformation.

24th June 1524 breakthrough of the Reformation in Magdeburg
So Magdeburg was the first of the great German Cities that reformed the church service.

17th July 1524 first Lutheran church service in the parish church (later Saint Ulrich's Church)

1547 Imperial ban for Magdeburg (The imperial ban was a form of outlawry in the Holy Roman Empire)

1550/51 Magdeburg was under siege by the Elector of Saxony

1555 The Peace of Augsburg: the Lutherans were legally acknowledged

1562 and 1567 The archbishop and the capitulars joined the Protestantism, first Lutheran church service in the Magdeburg Cathedral

Half of Europe joined the reformation. Magdeburg became famous as “the bastion of the Protestants”.

1886 The Luther Memorial in front of the St John’s Church was erected

1906 Opening of the museum of Emperor Friedrich in Magdeburg with three manuscripts from Luther, which illustrate the near bond of the City of Magdeburg with the Protestantism

1983 The „godless“ German Democratic Republic allowed to celebrate the 500. Birthday of the greatest man of Lord Germany ever had. In Magdeburg a church congress with international guests from 27th May to 11th June took place.

1989 A new pedestal with the inscription „Gottes Wort mit uns in Ewigkeit“ – “Lord’s word with us in eternity” was erected

2017 Saxony Anhalt and the whole world celebrate the 500 Years Reformation Anniversary.