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Lutherstadt Wittenberg in Wittenberg District, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany
 

The Elster Gate / Das Elstertor

 
 
The Elster Gate / Das Elstertor Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 22, 2013
1. The Elster Gate / Das Elstertor Marker
Inscription.

When Martin Luther came to Wittenberg in 1508 he saw three mighty gates around the heavily fortified town. At this place in 1508 was the Elster Gate. In front of this gate was the Elster suburb.

On February 22, 1546, the body of Martin Luther was met by his wife Katharina and his children, the professors of the university, the council of the town and the citizens of Wittenberg. From here in a festive procession to his funeral at the Castle Church was accompanied by the ringing of bells. In 1873 the destruction of the gate started.

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Als Martin Luther 1508 nach Wittenberg kam, erblickte er um das stark befestigte Wittenberg herum drei mächtige Stadttore. An dieser Stelle befand sich einst das Elstertor. Davor lag die Elstervorstadt.

Martin Luthers Leichnam wurde am Elstertor am 22.02.1546 von seiner Frau Katharina mit den Kindern, den Professoren der Universität, dem Rat der Stadt und der ganzen Bürgerschaft Wittenbergs empfangen. Von hier aus wurde er unter Glockengeläuten[?] einer feierlichen Prozession in die Schlosskirche zur Bestattung geleitet. Im Jahre 1873 wurde mit dem Abbruch des Tores begonnen.
 
Erected by Stadtwerke Lutherstadt Wittenberg GmbH.
 
Location.
The Elster Gate / Das Elstertor Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 22, 2013
2. The Elster Gate / Das Elstertor Marker
Looking west, with Augusteum on left
51° 51.878′ N, 12° 39.204′ E. Marker is in Lutherstadt Wittenberg, Saxony-Anhalt, in Wittenberg District. Marker is on Collegienstraße, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is about 30 meters northeast of the Augusteum. Marker is in this post office area: Lutherstadt Wittenberg, Saxony-Anhalt 06886, Germany.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Karl Ludwig Nitzsch (within shouting distance of this marker); Johann von Staupitz (within shouting distance of this marker); The Augusteum / Das Augusteum (within shouting distance of this marker); The Luther House / Das Lutherhaus (within shouting distance of this marker); Röhrwasserbrunnen in the/im "Lutherhof" (within shouting distance of this marker); Michael Agricola (about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line); Martin Luther House (about 90 meters away); Philipp Melanchthon House (about 150 meters away). Click for a list of all markers in Lutherstadt Wittenberg.
 
Also see . . .  How Did the Town of Wittenberg Look at the Time of Luther?. (Submitted on November 11, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 312 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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