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Wittenberg More Than Expected: Chapman ’16

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Cole Chapman ’16 – Arriving in Wittenberg, we weren’t sure what to expect.  The quaint little train stop did not seem to fit our mold of the Wittenberg we had read of in books.  Instead, it was this small town which had so much history packed into each stone.  We traversed the streets to the Marktplatz where two beautiful statues of Luther and Melanchthon stood.  Not too far past that was our hotel, which gave us some prime-time real estate.  After lunch at Tante Emma’s and a small walk, we arrived at the Lutherhaus.

It was quite large for the humble Luther we had experienced in class.  The sheer volume of Luther history was unbelievable.  The impact that Luther had could be seen in items such as the disputation bench which bears his image.  We wandered through the museum, encountering things such as the judgment sword of Wittenberg, which Luther saw as a symbol of power over the body, but not the soul.  One of the most fascinating items to see was one of Luther’s first prayer books and his translation of the Bible into German.  Both of these articles had extreme importance to Luther in his time, and continue to be important around the world today.

After our visitation, we met Bishop Guy Erwin for dinner at a local restaurant.  The only proper way to end the night was with good food and good friends, which was exactly what we did.