Monday, 16 October 2017

Following Luther in Wartburg and Eisenach

From 5th till 9th October we were visiting Eisenach to commemorate Luther and his work.

View over Eisenach with Wartburg castle to the left
View over Eisenach with Wartburg castle to the left
Coat of arms of Eisenach
Coat of arms
Eisenach   is located in Germany

State Thuringia
District Urban district

Eisenach was an early capital of Thuringia in the 12th and 13th centuries.
Martin Luther came to Eisenach and translated the Bible into German.
In 1685, Johann Sebastian Bach was born here.

When Eisenach still belonged to the DDR, many houses were in bad shape. After the war many buildings were in ruins, some houses were empty , because the owners had fled and never returned. We could see those houses which were in a deplorable state. Nobody cared about them and little by little they deteriorated.

Luther plays the lute for his wife and three of his 7 children

Luther at work

Luther with his family

Luther's birthplace was here but the original house had disappeared

Walking through these streets with such colourful houses made us remember of the time that Eisenach was part of the DDR, when all those buildings were still dreary, sad and colourless.

We saw so much and heard even more that I couldn't remember all the facts and stories about the famous  men that lived here. There were for instance Bach and Händel, Goethe and Schiller and of course Luther.


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Fun60 said...

When you see those colourful houses, it must be easy to forget their heritage.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

So much history in this one town....what a lot there is to learn in this world.....thank you for all you’ve shared (taught)....

ABC-Wednesday said...

Hallo Wil

Alhoewel oftopic, niet minder oprecht hartelijk gemeend:

Van harte gefeliciteerd met je verjaardag!

Mede namens de ABC-familie wens ik je een heel fijne verjaardag toe en nog vele jaren in Liefde, Geluk en Gezondheid.

Sathya said...

Woww..Beautiful images you have shared on your blog. I loved it.. Thank you for sharing..

Kay said...

Gorgeous photos, Wil. It looks like you had a marvelous time in a beautiful area. We shall be traveling your way, but in a cruise this time. It will be interesting to see those places we visited over 10 years ago. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that tulips will be blooming in Keukenhof.

Cloudia said...

Thank you for showing us, Wil

Coloring Outside the Lines said...

What beautiful buildings- I love the mosaic work, and would love to tour places like this. You are very lucky to walk back in time like this. Bach! Wow.