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Eisleben - You're born, You get baptized, You die!

Updated: Jun 4, 2022

Paul does his best impression of Martin Luther

Today we visit Eisleben. Luther's life began here, he was baptized here and his life came to an end here. Martin Luther was born here on November 10, 1483 as the first of nine children of his parents Hans and Margarete. We visited his birthplace which wasn’t very large – in fact, it’s tiny. One room where all the living was done and one small bedroom. (See pictures)

At that time, Eisleben was the most important town in the County of Mansfeld, which had gained prestige and prosperity through the mining and smelting of copper shale. Luther's father also earned his money as a miner in Eisleben.

St Peter's Pauli Church where Luther was baptized at one day old

In St. Peter's Pauli Church, not far from his parents' home, Luther was baptized Martin one day after his birth. Today, the church is the destination of thousands of tourists who visit Luther's baptismal font, which has been preserved as a reconstruction. It also now has an emersion baptismal, (which Steve thought was a hot tub.)

While walking through town, we came across a sock shop and I just could not help myself when I saw a pair of socks with Martin Luther’s famous quote “Here I stand, I can do no other” – I bought them!