In December 1996 UNESCO adopted the Luther Memorials in Eisleben and Wittenberg as part of the cultural heritage of humanity. As authentic places for the events of the Reformation, they represent one of the most important events in the religious and political history of the world.
Since 1996, investigation into the Reformation has increasingly shown that the Reformation consists of more than ‘simply’ Luther. At the same time, Wittenberg remains the starting point of the Reformation, and Luther its central figure. To complete the UNESCO list of ‘Luther Sites in Central Germany’ with twelve additional sites – in Eisleben, Wittenberg, Mansfeld, Torgau, Coburg and Erfurt – an extension application was submitted to UNESCO in February 2016.
Structure and Organisation
In order to meet in a sustained way the requirements that UNESCO places on the care and preservation of the World Heritage, the now 18 Luther Sites in Central Germany have formed a network under a common management. Shared interaction within the framework of a reliable structure and organisation combined with a close coordination with relevant state and municipal authorities ensures a functioning management for the Luther Sites in Central Germany.