Luther Monument Worms, Germany

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Erected in 1868 and funded by Lutherans around the world, this is the largest Reformation monument ever built. Situated in a purpose-built park, it includes statues of Luther, his contemporaries and his forerunners.

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319412
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49.632323° N, 8.360065° E
Website
www.worms.de

Description of the Luther Monument

The Luther Monument in Worms is the largest Luther Monument in the world. The elaborate sculpture group centers on Martin Luther, who is flanked by Frederick the Wise of Saxony and Philip of Hesse, two powerful princes who played a major role in the political success of the Reformation. Behind Luther are Johannes Reuchlin and Philipp Melanchthon, two important Protestant scholars, and at his feet are forerunners of the Reformation: Peter Waldo, John Wycliffe, Jan Hus and Girolamo Savonarola. The seated women personify the first German cities to adopt Protestantism and between the wall and the statue of Luther are the names of other towns that played an important role in the Reformation.

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References & Resources

  1. The Luther Memorial -The World's Largest Reformation Memorial worms.de. Official source.
  2. Description of the Luther Memorial in Worms worms.de. Official source.

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Luther Monument (Worms, Germany)
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April 11, 2015