Martin Luther's Birth House

Martin Luther's Birth House (German: Martin Luthers Geburtshaus) is a building and museum in Eisleben, Germany. The German religious reformer Martin Luther was born there in 1483.[1] However, the actual house in which Luther was born no longer exists, it having been burnt completely to the ground in 1689. A new building was built on the original site and was opened to the public in 1693, although it did not adhere to the original floor plan and size of the former house.[2] An excavation was carried out in 2006, revealing pottery shards and a clay floor from the original house.[2]

Martin Luther's Birth House
UNESCO World Heritage Site
Official nameLuther's birthplace
LocationEisleben, Mansfeld-Südharz, Sachsen-Anhalt, Germany
Part ofLuther Memorials in Eisleben and Wittenberg
CriteriaCultural: (iv)(vi)
Inscription1996 (20th Session)
Area0.08 ha (0.20 acres)
Buffer zone0.56 ha (1.4 acres)
Coordinates51°31′36.90″N 11°33′1.20″E / 51.5269167°N 11.5503333°E / 51.5269167; 11.5503333
Martin Luther's Birth House is located in Germany
Martin Luther's Birth House
Location of Martin Luther's Birth House in Germany
Martin Luther's Birth House is located in Saxony-Anhalt
Martin Luther's Birth House
Martin Luther's Birth House (Saxony-Anhalt)

In 1996, Luther's birth house became a UNESCO World Heritage Site along with the house where he died and other sites associated with Luther in Wittenberg because of their religious significance and their testimony to one of the most influential figures in medieval Europe.[3] In 2005-2007 an expansion was added for visitors (project: Springer Architekten, Berlin); the ensemble has since received five architectural awards.[4]

The court of Luthers Birth House


  1. ^ "Luther's Birthplace Museum". Archived from the original on 2012-02-01. Retrieved 2013-05-10.
  2. ^ a b Ausgrabung durch das Landesamt für Denkmalpflege und Archäologie Sachsen-Anhalt, Grabungsleitung Ch. Matthes
  3. ^ "Luther Memorials in Eisleben and Wittenberg". UNESCO World Heritage Centre. United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization. Retrieved 3 July 2022.
  4. ^ Martin Luther Birthplace Museum Retrieved 18 April 2024