Georgenburse in Erfurt
Photo: Stadtverwaltung ErfurtThe Georgenburse in Erfurt.Until the mid-16th century, the Georgenburse served as accommodation for students of the University of Erfurt. It is likely that Luther lived there as well. Today, the Renaissance building is a museum and a place of pilgrimage.
The Georgenburse, a Renaissance building in the vicinity of the Augustinian monastery, was mentioned for the first time in 1456. Until the mid-16th century, it served as accommodation for students of the University of Erfurt. It is likely that Martin Luther lived there as a student between 1501 and 1505, until he earned is Master's degree and became a monk afterwards. After having been thoroughly renovated, the Georgenburse opened as a museum and place of pilgrimage in 2010.
Exhibition about Luther's student years
However, there is no proof that Luther lived in the students' accommodation, The exhibition uses a city map from 1675 and concentrates on the student years of the man who was later to become the Reformer, as well as on the student life of that time. Erfurt University was founded in 1392. During the late Middle Ages, it was considered to be the most eminent university after Prague, as well as a centre of Humanism.