Model student of the reformation
At the time of the Reformation, Zerbst was the largest and most important town in Anhalt. As early as 1522, the town council invited Martin Luther to Zerbst, where he gave sermons in the local Augustinian monastery. Zerbst was 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 which was strongly influenced by Philipp Melanchthon.
The structure has been the continual home of the "Gymnasium Francisceum Zerbst" since 1532, which makes it the oldest Protestant grammar school in existence. Its historical library contains writings from the Reformation and other precious items. Melanchthon himself was a frequent visitor to Zerbst where he would visit his friend Theodor Fabricius, who had, on Martin Luther’s recommendation, become the town’s superintendent.
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