The Elster Gate / Das Elstertor

The Elster Gate / Das Elstertor (HM1BVO)

Location: Wittenberg, Saxony-Anhalt 06886 Drome
Country: Germany

N 51° 51.878', E 12° 39.204'

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When Martin Luther came to Wittenberg in 1508 he saw three mighty gates around the heavily fortified town. At this place in 1508 was the Elster Gate. In front of this gate was the Elster suburb.

On February 22, 1546, the body of Martin Luther was met by his wife Katharina and his children, the professors of the university, the council of the town and the citizens of Wittenberg. From here in a festive procession to his funeral at the Castle Church was accompanied by the ringing of bells. In 1873 the destruction of the gate started.


Als Martin Luther 1508 nach Wittenberg kam, erblickte er um das stark befestigte Wittenberg herum drei m?chtige Stadttore. An dieser Stelle befand sich einst das Elstertor. Davor lag die Elstervorstadt.

Martin Luthers Leichnam wurde am Elstertor am 22.02.1546 von seiner Frau Katharina mit den Kindern, den Professoren der Universit?t, dem Rat der Stadt und der ganzen B?rgerschaft Wittenbergs empfangen. Von hier aus wurde er unter Glockengel?uten[?] einer feierlichen Prozession in die Schlosskirche zur Bestattung geleitet. Im Jahre 1873 wurde mit dem Abbruch des Tores begonnen.
Placed ByStadtwerke Lutherstadt Wittenberg GmbH
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Date Added Wednesday, October 1st, 2014 at 2:47am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)33U E 338429 N 5748585
Decimal Degrees51.86463333, 12.65340000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 51° 51.878', E 12° 39.204'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds51° 51' 52.68" N, 12° 39' 12.24" E
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Area Code(s)276
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 53A Collegienstraße, Wittenberg Saxony-Anhalt 06886, DE
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