Model student of the reformation
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.
What to see in Zeitz