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Luther's place

Zerbst
Model student of the reformation

Model student of the reformation

Zerbst

During the Age of Reformation, Zeitz was the largest and most significant city in Saxony-Anhalt. As early as 1522, the town council invited Luther to Zerbst, where he gave sermons in the local Augustinian monastery. There, his new ideas fell on fertile and Zerbst made history by becoming the first city in Anhalt to embrace the Reformation. In keeping with Luther’s teachings, the city’s Augustinian monastery was converted into a hospital and its Franciscan monastery into a school. The latter would be strongly influenced by Phillip Melanchthon. The structure has been the continual home of the "Gymnasium Francisceum Zerbst" since 1532. This means that it is the oldest Protestant grammar school in existence. Its historical library contains writings from the Reformation as well as a number of other precious items. Melanchton himself was a frequent guest in Zerbst. He would come to visit his friend Theodor Fabricius, who was made city superintendent based on Martin Luther’s recommendation.

Tourist information of Zerbst/Anhalt

Markt 11
39261 Zerbst/Anhalt

Phone: +49 (0)3923 2351
Fax: +49 (0)3923 760179
Mail: zentrale@touristinfo-info.de

To read on

www.stadt-zerbst.de
www.schloss-zerbst-ev.de
www.sanktnicolai-zerbst.de

Mythos / Legende
Kirche
Sonstiges
Museum

What to see in Zeitz

Cultural Highlights

Museum Zerbst

Today, the cloisters and halls of the thirtheenth-century former Franciscan monastery are home to both the Zerbst Museum for Local History and to the Catherine II Collection. The former recounts the development of Zerbst, ranging from the pre-historic period to the modern day. Visitors are especially attentive to the section in which Reformation and education history are displayed. In the ballroom of a Baroque building, located in the Schlossfreiheit (a residencial district enclosed in castle walls), an exhibition recalls the Russian Empress Catherine the Great, who herself was born in the principality of Anhalt-Zerbst.

opening times

Easter until October 10th
Monday to Friday 9.00-12.30 and 13.00-18.00
Saturday 10.00-13.00

October 11th to Easter
Monday to Thursday 9.00-12.30 and 13.00-18.00
Friday 9.00-12.30 and 13.00-16.00

contact information

Museum der Stadt Zerbst/Anhalt
Weinberg 1
39261 Zerbst/Anhalt

Phone: +49 (0)3923 4228
Mail: museum.zerbst@t-online.de

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Museum of the city Zerbst and collections Katharina II.

Church of St. Nicholas

The Church of St. Nicholas, originally one of the largest hall churches in all of Saxony-Anhalt, was destroyed in 1945. Of its three original clock towers, only the North and South Towers remain today. Visitors can find an observation deck located between them. The North Tower houses Saxony-Anhalt’s largest church bell, the so-called ‘Gloriosa’, which weights some five tonnes. Visitors to St. Bartholomew’s collegiate church can still see memorial tomb slabs of the princely family, a variety of precious fresco paintings as well as a panel painting from Lucas Cranach the Younger.

contact information

St.-Nikolai-Kirche
Schleibank 4
39261 Zerbst/Anhalt

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IMG - Investitions- und Marketinggesellschaft
Sachsen-Anhalt mbH
Am Alten Theater 6
39104 Magdeburg

Phone: +49 391/568 99 80
tourismus@img-sachsen-anhalt.de
www.sachsen-anhalt-tourismus.de

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