Thursday, February 07, 2008

Name That Place - Winner!

Ding Ding Ding, Pr. Heinz has guessed correctly. I was at the Augustinian Monastery in Erfurt. Your prize is..........adulations and applause!

Remember this picture of the stained glass window? It is behind the altar; in front of the altar is the grave of Johannes Zacharias. Luther took his monk's vows in 1506 while lying on this grave in front of these windows. Who was Johannes Zacharias? "He was the fiercest opponent of Jan Hus and helped to ensure that Hus was burned as a heretic in Constance in 1415." (from my Luther travel guide page 85).

Here are some more pictures from the Augustinian Monastery. Enjoy!

This is Luther' Bible complete with his hand written notes in the margins. The second picture is of a psalter.

This is the cell which measures two-by-three meters, that Luther occupied most likely after his journey to Rome in 1511. The following pictures are all in cells of the same size which are off the dormitory hallway (more like a big rectangular room) and show what the monks would have done to occupy their day.

A typical desk where monks would have sit and studied:

How the monks would have eaten:

Imagine sleeping on stone floors with only rough sackcloth to surround you:

The monks were called the "The Black Cloister" because of what they wore:

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