LUTHER’S PLACE OF DEATH
The museum located at Andreaskirchplatz 7 is also a memorial commemorating Luther’s death. For centuries, it was assumed that Luther did indeed die here on 18 February, 1546. However, more recent research has revealed that the building in which he actually died was located near the marketplace, on the site currently occupied by the Graf von Mansfeld Hotel. The house at Andreaskirchplatz was nevertheless already set up as a museum and memorial to Luther.
In January 1546, Martin Luther departed on what would turn out to be his final journey. He came from Halle to the city of his birth in an attempt to settle a dispute between the Counts of Mansfeld. Only a few days before his passing, a Luther already marked by illness and exhaustion announced that, "I was born and baptised in this here Eisleben. If God should so have it, it’s where I’ll die as well!" He would pass away on 18 February 1546. The house was officially recognised as place where Luther died in 1726. The Prussian treasury would acquire the building in 1863, establishing a memorial at the site. Since then, the rooms mentioned in the reports of Luther’s death – the meeting room, the bedchamber and the room where he actually died – have been the highlights of the exhibition. The building has been renovated and expanded to include an additional museum facility.
In January 2013, the newly-renovated museum opened its gates once more, this time featuring the permanent exhibition "Luther’s Last Path". The exhibition in Luther’s Death House is entitled "Luther’s Last Path". It tells the story of the Reformer’s final journey to Eisleben and the days he spent there leading up to his death. The rooms featuring period furnishings leave a particularly strong impression. These are the bedchamber and "death room", which, for the first time, appear almost exactly as Friedrich Wilhelm Wanderer had originally decorated them back in 1907. The pall that covered Luther’s coffin is also on display.
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Monday to Sunday 10.00-18.00
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06295 Lutherstadt Eisleben
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