Lutherstadt Wittemberg in Wittenberg District, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany
The Luther Oak / Die Luthereiche
During Luther's life time it was common to burn the clothes of those who had died because of epidemics near the Holy Cross Hospital which was in front of the Elster Gate. On December 10th, 1520 Dr. Martin Luther burned the papal excommunication warning in front of the Elster Gate. It is told that a day later an oak was planted on that place. The oak that you see there now was planted in 1830, on the occasion of the anniversary of the Augsburg Confession.
Zu Luthers Lebzeiten war es üblich, die Kleidung der an Seuchen Verstorbenen vor dem Eistertor, nahe beim Heiligkreuz-Hospital, zu verbrennen. Am 10. Dezember 1520 übergab Dr. Martin Luther vor dem Elstertor auch die päpstliche Bannandrohungsbulle dem Feuer. Der Überlieferung nach ist schon am Tage danach an dieser Stelle eine Eiche gepflanzt worden. Die jetzt dort stehende Eiche wurde 1830 zum Jahrestag der Augsburger Konfession neu gepflanzt.
Zur erinnerung an die Tat
Dr Martin Luthers
To the memory of what
Dr Martin Luther
did on 10.Dec.1520
Erected by Stadtwerke Lutherstadt Wittenberg
Location. 51° 51.843′ N, 12° 39.338′ E. Marker is in Lutherstadt Wittemberg, Saxony-Anhalt, in Wittenberg District. Marker is at the intersection of Weserstraße / Lutherstraße and the roundabout at Am Hauptbahnhof, on the right when traveling north on Weserstraße / Lutherstraße. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Lutherstadt Wittemberg, Saxony-Anhalt 06886, Germany.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Elster Gate / Das Elstertor (about 150 meters away, measured in a direct line); Michael Agricola (about 210 meters away); Karl Ludwig Nitzsch (about 210 meters away); Johann von Staupitz (about 210 meters away); The Augusteum / Das Augusteum (about 210 meters away); The Luther House / Das Lutherhaus (about 210 meters away); Martin Luther House (about 210 meters away); Röhrwasserbrunnen in the/im "Lutherhof" (about 210 meters away).
Also see . . .
1. Threat of Banishment and Burning of the Papal Bull of Excommunication. (Submitted on November 11, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Martin Luther. (Submitted on November 11, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on July 24, 2018. This page originally submitted on November 11, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 373 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on November 11, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.