for Bach and the Wartburg Castle.
Sebastian Bach was born on March 21 1685, everyone expected
him to be musical like the rest of the family. His father gave him
a solid musical education and then sent him to St George's Latin
School, where Martin Luther had attended as a boy. Visitors to the
Bach museum are treated to impromptu concerts with authentic instruments.
Towering above Eisenach is the imposing Wartburg Castle, a magnificent
medieval fortress, where Luther took refuge in 1521-2. As well as
the "Luther cell" where he did his translation work, you'll have
opportunity to learn about St Elizabeth.
Castle. (a UNESCO World Heritage site). This imposing
medieval fortress, built by Count Ludwig 1 in 1067, stands atop
a mountain on the outskirts of Eisenach and is best known as the
place where Martin Luther sought refuge following his excommunication
in 1521. It serves as one of Germany's most prolific national symbols.
Martin Luther, who was excommunicated by the pope and outlawed by
the emperor, sought refuge in the bailiff's lodge at the Wartburg.
During the months of his protective custody, under the guise of
Junker Jörg, he lived and worked in a sparsely furnished room, today
known as the Luther Room and translated the New Testament from the
original Greek texts into German.
A tour of the castle includes the Knight's Hall,
the Chapel, the Hall of Songs (which inspired Wagner), the Landgrave's
hall and the Festival Hall. In the Festival Hall is a mural depicting
the triumph of Christianity over paganism. The Luther room (Lutherstiege)
is well worth a visit. You'll be able to see period furnishings
and an original copy of the Luther's translation of the Bible. The
Wartburg is open daily 9 - 5 from Nov. - Mar. and 8.30 -6 from Apr.
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George's (Georgenkirche) is a medieval church connected
with both Martin Luther and Johann
Sebastian Bach. Martin Luther was a choir boy here and then
preached in 1521 on his journey to and from the imperial parliament
in Worms. On the north wall is a large painting commissioned to
commemorate the century of the Reformation, depicting Luther and
Huss as well as the Augsburg Confession.This is the place where
Bach was baptized on 23 March 1685. Several members of the Bach
family were organist at this church. At the entrance hall, there
is a Bach statue, not unlike the big statue next to the Bach house.
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Bach house, (Bachhaus) was purchased by the New
Bach Society in 1906, Although he probably never lived here, the
house is a superb example of a home in the early 1700s. Furnished
with original furnishings from the area, it provides an outstanding
example of the middle-class lifestyle in the time of J.S.
Bach. Also includes a display of historic instruments from 17th
and 18th centuries, exhibits and extensive collection of documents
and memorabilia relating to J.S. Bach. Throughout the day, musicians
entertain visitors with music played on these ancient instruments.
here to go the Bachhaus web site - full
of fascinating information. Open
Apr. - Sept., Mon. noon - 6.45, Tues. - Sun. 9 - 6.45; Oct. - Mar.,
Mon. 1-4.45, Tues. - Sun. 9-4.45. back
house,(Lutherhaus) is one of the oldest half-timbered
houses in Eisenach. This is where young student Luther lived from
1498 - 1501 with the Cotta family. It's now a museum about the life
and times of Luther. Open
daily 9-5. Click here
to go to their website (only in German). back
History Highlights in Eisenach:
here as a schoolboy, while attending St George's School
-Took refuge in the Wartburg Castle from May 4,1521-March
-Translated the New Testament
into German in just 11 weeks.
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