Some events not only leave their mark on history, but change the world. The reformation of the Church in the fifteenth century was one such event - triggered when Martin Luther, so legend has it, nailed his 95 theses to the church door in Wittenberg. The epoch-making transformations his theses brought about had an impact throughout every continent. Today, almost 500 years later, we can observe the Reformation's long-term global impact. The anniversary year of 2017 sees the staging of several prestigious events dedicated to this influence, an influence that can still be felt today.
A special, unique anniversary calls for a special, unique experience however: hence a significant highlight will be three National Special Exhibitions hosted by Lutherstadt Wittenberg, Wartburg Castle in Eisenach, and Berlin. They represent a key contribution by the state sponsors to commemorating this outstanding event in unique fashion in the festive year of 2017. At the same time, the Special Exhibitions provide visitors with the opportunity to discover the roots of our own society and how an historical event in Germany had a global impact and how it can still be felt in our culture today.
The exhibitions each take a different approach to the theme of the Reformation and to providing an encounter with Luther's life and works. In doing so, they complement each other and present the Reformation in all its facets - visiting all three Special Exhibitions will thus be a special and unique experience.