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Allegro on the River Elbe – 4 Wittenberg and Torgau

 

Wittenberg is a twelfth century town with some marvelous old structures still standing. I doubt that it is a place-name that is on everyone’s lips but every American, particularly, will have heard of Martin Luther? And Wittenberg is where he lived, preached and fought the Catholic Church establishment.

Click on the pictures for detail:

 

Martin Luther Museum

Martin Luther museum

 

Kim greets Mrs. Luther. nee Katharina von Bora . . . . . .

Kim greets Mrs. Luther. nee Katharina von Bora . . . . . .

 . . . . . .the determination of the lady is evident in this detail  . . . .

. . . . . .the determination of the lady is evident in this detail . . . .

. . . . . this portico was designed by Mrs. Luther with facing seats so that she and her husband could discuss the programme for the day.

. . . . . this portico was designed by Mrs. Luther with facing seats so that she and her husband could discuss the programme for the day.

Lucas Cranach the Elder was a resident of Wittenberg during Luther's time and this is one of several portraits of Martin Luther he painted

Lucas Cranach the Elder was a resident of Wittenberg during Luther’s time and this is one of several portraits of Martin Luther he painted

Martin Luther's pulpit

Martin Luther’s pulpit

M.L's sparse living quarters

M.L’s sparse living quarters

Stark medieval relief

Stark medieval relief

Façade in the market square

Façade in the market square

Setting up for Christmas

Setting up for Christmas

Dress for Christmas shopping?

Dress for Christmas shopping?

The owls have it

The owls have it!

Magnificent craftsmanship over the doors on which Luther's 95 "Theses" criticizing the Catholic establishment are now incorporated

Magnificent craftsmanship over the doors on which Luther’s 95 “Theses” criticizing the Catholic establishment are now incorporated

This is another of Cranach's famous paintings--the subject is Friedrich III, I believe.

This is another of Cranach’s famous paintings–the subject is Friedrich III, I believe.

Outdoor shopping

Outdoor shopping

After the sightseeing tour, we were divided into small groups and delivered to the residences of local people to have coffee and cake. This was part of Grand Circle’s efforts to foster global understanding. Here is our group’s hostess pouring excellent coffee:

 

coffee and delicious home-made cakes!

coffee and delicious home-made cakes!

The young daughter couldn't wait until she had unwrapped the gifts that we had brought the family

The young daughter couldn’t wait until she had unwrapped the gifts that we had brought the family!

TORGAU

Is another forgotten name! During WWII, the Russian and American armies were marching towards each other, squeezing the retreating Nazi forces between them. And it was on the river Elbe at Torgau that the allied troops met and greeted each other. It was on 25th April, 1945 and the date became known as Elbe Day. Here is a group picture, taken by the ship’s photographer, at the foot of the monument which commemorates that fateful meeting:

 . . . Kim and I are holding up the Russian flag to the right.

. . . Kim and I are holding up the Russian flag to the right.

Torgau

Torgau

Ornate doorway

Hereldry!

Guardian of the Square

Guardian of the Square

 . . . . . .

. . . . . .

Church style

Church style

 . . . . .. .

. . . . .. .

Heavy juggling!

Heavy juggling!

Powerful fanfare!

Powerful fanfare!

 . . . . .  and so, we sail away to Meissen . . . .

. . . . . and so, we sail away to Meissen . . . .

To be continued

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