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    Martin Luther

    by elgin99 Written Jul 19, 2006

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    Favorite thing: Last, but not least - Martin Luther and the Wartburg. Martin Luther, who was excommunicated by the pope and outlawed by the emperor, sought refuge in the bailiff's lodge at the Wartburg. During that months he lived and worked in a sparsely furnished room, today known as the Luther Room. In only 10 weeks he translated the New Testament from the original Greek texts into German, a German who could understand by every people of the country in that time. Some myths exist around, like his shy with inkwell.

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    The Arts

    by elgin99 Written Jul 19, 2006

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    Favorite thing: Cranach, Riemenschneider, Schwindt, these are also names which you meet on Wartburg.
    In 1815, Wolfgang von Goethe suggested using the castle as a museum to display medieval exhibits from Schloss Blankenhain. Using his idea the Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna and her son, Carl Alexander of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach, laid the foundation for an art collection that would focus on Europe.
    One can also find the unique "Dürer Cupboard,", the world famous paintings by Lucas Cranach the Elder and the historic cutlery collection of the Baron Gottfried von und zu Egloffstein.
    Cupboard: The wood carver was inspired by woodcuts made by Albrecht Dürer and Lucas Cranach the Elder. Carved in the cupboard is a variety of scenes from different ages: Hercules and Diana from ancient mythology up until the Christian motifs of Adam and Eve.
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    The flag of the Jena-Origin-Students-Corporation

    by elgin99 Written Jul 19, 2006

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    Favorite thing: On October 18, 1817, 500 students gathered for the Wartburgfest, the first middle-class democratic public meeting in Germany. They met at the Wartburg for the 300th anniversary of the Reformation and the fourth anniversary of the Battle of Nations at Leipzig against Napoleon's rule. The students fought for a unified Germany under the motto, "Honour - Freedom - Fatherland." The current theory means, that many Jenenser students during the freeing wars members of the Lützowschen free corps (Theodor Körner: " Lützows a wild daring hunt ") had been. This troop carried black coloured civil skirts with red thrusts and golden-coloured brass buttons, the uhlans led red-black lance pennons. The flag of the Jena-Origin-Students-Corporation, where we find the later national colours "black, red, gold", reminds of this event. It became the colours of German´s.

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    Festivall Hall and "Fairy King"

    by elgin99 Written Jul 19, 2006

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    Favorite thing: The Festival Hall extends over the entire length of the Palas. The impressive dimensions and ornate decoration made it to one of the best examples of the historistic art interpretations. The Bavarian king, Ludwig II, planned an exact imitation of the Festival Hall at the Neuschwanstein Castle.
    The excellent acoustics of the Festival Hall make it one of the most favoured concert halls in Germany and a popular place for other events.

    Galleries are built onto the west side of all three stories of the Palas. The arcades, with abundant column ornamentation, were principally built to satisfy the building sponsor's aesthetic requirements.

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    The Singers' Hall, Wartburg

    by elgin99 Written Jul 19, 2006

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    Favorite thing: At the beginning of the 13th century, the most well-known singers and poets were invited by the Thuringian landgrave to stay at the Wartburg. At this time, the Wartburg was one of Europe's most famous art cultivation centres. Therefore the legend about the Minnesingers' Contest has a proven historical background.
    The legend is depicted on a magnificent fresco by Moritz von Schwind and is well known from the world-famous Wagner opera, "Tannhäuser."
    The singers' gallery represents the Romantics' imagination of the minnesingers' stage.

    Galleries are built onto the west side of all three stories of the Palas. The arcades, with abundant column ornamentation, were principally built to satisfy the building sponsor's aesthetic requirements.

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    St. Elisabeth, Wartburg

    by elgin99 Updated Jul 19, 2006

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    Favorite thing: In 1221 the Hungarian princess married the landgrave Ludwig IV. Her ascetic way of life was based on the principals of St. Francis of Assisi, and she was viewed by the court with suspicion. After the death of her husband in 1227, Elizabeth followed her father confessor to Marburg in order to live her life in poverty, chastity and humility. She was canonized by Pope Gregor IX only four years after her early death in 1231.

    Since the 17th century, the architectural and functional counterpart to the Knights' Hall was described as the "Miss Elizabeth Fireplace Room." The walls and vaulting were decorated at the beginning of the 20th century with colourful mosaics, depicting scenes of the life of Saint Elizabeth. Roughtly 2,5 - 3 Millions of that mosaic stones shall be placed inside that room. It´s so colourful and impressive!
    In one gallery the late Romantic painter Moritz von Schwind depicted the life of St. Elizabeth. Von Schwind emphasized her charitable significance by associating her with the biblical "seven deeds of charity."

    The famous and official kind of her legend of the miracle of roses:
    "The bread, which Elizabeth had secretly taken from the castle kitchen to hand out to the hungry people of the town, is thought to have changed into roses. However, Elizabeth of Thuringia is not the only person who can lay claim to this legend. Elizabeth of Portugal was said to have performed the same miracle before the time to Elizabeth of Thuringia. It is possible that this case of mistaken identity was planned to further praise the already canonized countess."

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    The Myth about Foundation of Wartburg

    by elgin99 Updated Jul 19, 2006

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    Favorite thing: After an amusing myth the castle got his name, as his founder saw the mountain on which the castle is today, for the first time. From the place raptored he cried out suddenly: " Wait, mountain - you should become a castle to me! " In German: Wart´(e) Berg, du sollst mir eine Burg werden. So the name Wartburg arised.
    That scenery eternalized on a tapestry in Landgrave´s Room.

    The today's appearance of Wartburg and her scenery park goes back to the Grand Duke Carl Alexander (Weimar-Eisenach).

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    Great picture gallery in palace, Gotha

    by elgin99 Updated May 27, 2006

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    Favorite thing: Names like Cranach, Rubens, Tischbein, masters of Netherlands like Keyser, or the world famous painting "Gothaer Liebespaar" (couple of Gotha) by an still unknown painter before Dürer are waiting for you in the gallery in Palace Friedenstein.
    Also really great is the altar with many boards, masterpiece! I guess such an altar with so many boards you have not seen before.
    I was surprised and fascinated about the gallery there.

    Website: Paintings

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    The palace theater in Gotha

    by elgin99 Written May 27, 2006

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    Favorite thing: Every year from May till August there is a theater festival in Ekhoftheater Gotha, inside palace. I hope I can get tickets this year. It is famous, and uniques because of the character of theater itself. The theater is the old historic one, small but so fine!
    So it deserves to be a general tip in our region.

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    Consulate General of the United States of America

    by Thuringia Updated Jan 1, 2004

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    Favorite thing: The consular region comprises the states of Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt, and Thuringia. It is located in Leipzig (Land Sachsen).

    With Visa Information Hotline (from within Germany) .

    Weblink:
    www.usembassy.de/consular/leipzig/

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    History

    by Leipzig Updated Jul 24, 2003

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    Favorite thing: The Thuringians occupied central Germany between the Elbe and the Danube but their territory passed under the control of the Saxons in the 10th century. In the 11th century the landgraves of Thuringia-Wartburg ruled over Thuringia until 1423 when the margraves of Meissen conquered Thuringia. In 1485 Thuringia was split into several duchies (see Saxe-Altenburg; Saxe-Coburg; Saxe-Gotha; Saxe-Meiningen; Saxe-Weimar). All the Thuringian territories except Saxe-Meiningen sided with Prussia in the Austro-Prussian War of 1866. The Thuringian states had been members of the German Confederation from 1815; they joined the North German Confederation in 1866 and the German Empire in 1871. In 1920 the state of Thuringia was founded under the Weimar Republic including all states except Coburg which went to Bavaria. After World War II Thuringia was sold by the Allied to the Soviet Union and parted into the districts of Suhl and Erfurt in 1952. In 1990 Thuringia was reunited with Erfurt as capital

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    Touristic itineraries in and around Weimarer Land

    by Thuringia Written Feb 25, 2003

    Favorite thing: There are:

    Klassikerstraße

    Auf Feiningers Spuren

    Ilm-Radwanderweg

    Thüringenweg

    Goethewanderweg

    Porzellanstraße

    Bier- und Burgenstraße

    Napoleon-Wanderweg

    Weblink: http://www.land.de/touroute.htm

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    Wartburg car

    by Leipzig Updated Sep 25, 2002

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    Fondest memory: The “Wartburg” was the only car – with the Trabant - available for the private transport of the German Democratic Republic, among a little number of cars imported from other Eastern countries. It was a sort of luxury choice, because displacement, performances and dimensions were greater than the Trabant.
    The Wartburg’s history take the origin from World War Two. After the war, the BMW factory of Eisenach was occupied by the Soviet Army, but his production was continued under the same name of the Bavarian brand. In the 1952, the protest of the BMW for the abusive use of his name, causes the creation of the EMW brand (the "E" means Eisenach), but the cars were still, effectively, BMW pre-war models. Finally, in the 1956, the old BMW/EMW production was abandoned and the Wartburg brand appears on the Eisenach's cars.

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    Important people - Martin Luther

    by tessy Written Apr 10, 2005

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    Favorite thing: Martin Luther translated the bible in Eisenach, in this room at the Wartburg. But there are places nearly everywhere, where he has been.

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    Important people J.S. Bach

    by tessy Written Apr 10, 2005

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    Favorite thing: There are many important people who were born or who lived and worked in Thueringen. On of them is Joahnn Sebastian Bach. There is a nice museum in Eisenach, more informations http://www.bachhaus.de/

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