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.