Monday, 31 October 2016

Germany: Castle Church in Wittenberg

Today I got two postcards: one from Germany and one from Italy.

The card from Germany shows the interior of the Castle Church in Wittenberg. The Castle Church was built between 1490 and 1511 at the behest of Frederick III, Elector of Saxony, in the Late Gothic style. It forms a part of the Wittenberg Castle and is the site where Martin Luther posted his Ninety-five Theses in 1517 (today eactly 499 years ago!), which contributed to the church's nickname "Reformation Church". The Church just reopened on 2nd October after a renovation, which was carried out to be prepared for the big jubilee of the Reformation next year. As one of the Luther Memorials in Wittenberg is the Castle Church since 1996 on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
I got this card a few weeks ago in a cover.

With related stamps:
UNESCO World Heritage - Luther Memorials in Eisleben and Wittenberg (issued 07-05-2009)
It is a joint issue with the United Nations.
500th birthday of Lucas Cranach the Younger (issued 01-10-2015)
with a special postmark about the reopening of the Castle Church

Thank You very much Michaela for sending me the card in an envelope!

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