THE FRANCKE FOUNDATIONS
In the heart of Halle’s city centre stands a well-preserved and unique building ensemble made up of some 50 structures. The historical orphanage was built in 1700. It contains the Chamber of Art and Natural Life, considered to be the oldest museum space in all of Germany. The "Francke Cabinet" on the ground floor of the historical orphanage provides visitors with an overview of August Hermann Francke’s life and work as well as the history of the Francke Foundations from 1698 to the present day.
The historical library was founded at the end of the seventeenth century. The library building (1726-1728) is considered to be the oldest remaining functional library building in Germany. The library’s Baroque repository contains some 35,000 papers dating from the sixteenth to the nineteenth century. Manuscripts from the Reformation era are also archived here, including a letter written by Martin Luther.
The historical ensemble of half-timber buildings located behind the orphanage and which includes the largest half-timber house in Europe, which is over 100 metres long, is a special kind of open-air museum.
August Hermann Francke (1663-1727) was one of the most significant representatives of German Pietism, a religious movement within German Protestantism. Two hundred years after the advent of the Lutheran denomination, acting at the behest of the Danish King Friedrich IV, August Hermann Francke established the first Evangelical Lutheran mission in what was then the Danish colony of Tranquebar in southern India, known today as Tharangambadi. Numerous pastors from Halle were dispatched to the far-reaches of the earth by Francke and his successors to spread the Lutheran doctrine as well as the ground-breaking reformatory ideas which had been adopted and further developed by the Halle school of pietism.
As a result, Lutheran schools and orphanages based on the Halle model were opened from Scandinavia across the eastern edge of Central Europe to far away Siberia. The first Lutheran pastors had already been sent to Moscow by Francke at the end of the 17th century. In 1741, the pastor Heinrich Melchior Mühlenberg was dispatched to Pennsylvania to offer guidance to the Germans who had emigrated there. Today, he is honoured as the patriarch of the Lutheran Church in Northern America.
Tuesday to Sunday and public holidays 10am - 5pm
Historical orphanage with cabinet of curiosities and natural artefacts, orphanage cabinet, Francke residence with info centre and Francke cabinet, exhibitions, library of Baroque facades and cabinet exhibition, Tues.-Sun. 10am - 5pm
Program for children and families, Mon.-Thurs., Sun. 10am - 6pm, Fri. 10am - 2pm
Franckesche Stiftungen zu Halle
Geschäftsstelle Haus 37
06110 Halle (Saale)
Phone: +49 (0)345 2127400read morecollapse