Wittenberg Doors

Every town we went to in Germany has great doors. We stayed at Pension Nord (door shown below) for two days in Dessau while visiting Heike’s family. While in Dessau we drove to the historic town of Lutherstadt Wittenberg, which is 35 km or 22 miles from there.

This post is for Thursday Doors November18.

Schlosskirche Wittenberg 2

See the previous post for details. This post is of the exterior of Shclosskirk, Lutherstadt Wittenberg.

Schlosskirche Wittenburg

“All Saints’ Church, commonly referred to as Schlosskirche (Castle Church) or Reformation Memorial Church to distinguish it from the Stadtkirche (Town Church) of St. Mary’s It is a Lutheran church in Wittenberg, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany. It is the site where, according to Philip Melanchthon, the Ninety-five Theses were posted by Martin Luther in 1517. That act has been called the start of the Protestant Reformation. From 1883 onwards, the church was restored as a memorial site and re-inaugurated on 31st October 1892, 375 years after Luther’s posting.” Source: All Saints’ Church, Wittenberg – Wikipedia

I love the organ and woodwork.

Stadtkirche Wittenberg

Two buildings: The Corpus Christy Chapel and St Mary’s.

“Next to St. Mary’s is the Corpus Christi Chapel (first picture). Originally built as a foundation in 1368, the chapel was rebuilt in 1456 after its destruction. From here, on November 28, 1518, Martin Luther called on the Pope to convene a council to decide on his heretical process. Until 1772 it was the burial church for the cemetery around the town church. More recently it is called the children’s church. The Corpus Christi Chapel was handed over to the Wittenberg City Convent for use by the Community” Source: Corpus Christi Chapel (ekmd.de)

“The Stadt und Pfarrkirche St. Marien zu Wittenberg (Town and Parish Church of St. Mary’s) is the civic church in the German town of Lutherstadt Wittenberg. The reformers Martin Luther and Johannes Bugenhagen preached there, and the building also saw the first celebration of the mass in German rather than Latin.” Source: Stadtkirche Wittenberg – Wikipedia.

Cranach-Hofe Exhibits

See my prior post for history. Here are a few items from the exhibits. The first 5 are photos of the buildings before restoration.


The Cranachhöfe documents the work of Lucas Cranach the Elder, Lucas Cranach the Younger, Hans Cranach,Augustin Cranach and Lucas Cranach III in Wittenberg. The building at Markt 4 and the pharmacy with courtyard at Schlossstraße 1 is where Lucas Cranach and his descendants lived and worked. Lucas Cranach the Elder had set up the printing room in the Cranachhof in the once famous printing town of Wittenberg. He printed the 95 Theses, the first part of the Luther Bible, Luther’s table speeches and numerous woodcuts were printed there too. After the reconstruction of the Cranachhöfe, a historic printing room was again set up in Schlossstrasse, in which texts (Luther’s table speeches) and illustrations (in linocut) are now produced using the book high-print process. On special occasions, the historic Gutenberg Press at Cranachhof Markt 4 will be activated to demonstrate how printing was done during the Middle Ages.

For some of his artwork see Lucas Cranach the Elder (1472–1553) in the Lucas Cranach Digital Archive. I like his partridges (with audio) shown at Lucas Cranach the Elder | Dresden | The Morgan Library. Here’s the site for The Cranach Foundation (cranach-stiftung.de) with loads information on the history of the two houses and the exhibits.

I thoroughly enjoyed Wittenberg. It is well worth a visiting. It would be nice to see more of it someday.

Wittenberg Market Square

Lutherstadt Wittenberg is a fascinating historical town and was the home of Martin Luther Martin Luther and the artist Lucas Cranach the Elder Lucas Cranach.

From Lutherstadt Wittenberg in Wikipedia: “Old Town Hall and Market Square. In the center of the old town is the generously dimensioned market square, where a harmonious ensemble of town houses has grown over centuries. On it are the Renaissance town hall, the monuments of Martin Luther (designed by Schadow) and Philipp Melanchthon as well as the market fountain. Since 2000, the city administration is in the former Tauentzienkaserne in Lutherstraße (New Town Hall), the town hall on the market square is called Altes Rathaus and has since served more representative purposes.”

It will a few more posts to share some of the photographs I made in Wittenberg on October 15, 2021.

In the top three photographs I replaced the skies.