Leipzig – City of the Disputation
When you think of Martin Luther and Leipzig, the first thing that comes to mind is the Leipzig Disputation. Held almost 500 years ago in the summer of 1519, this public debate between Martin Luther and the theologian Johann Eck, a loyal supporter of the pope, was a crucial factor in Luther’s eventual split from the Roman Catholic church. The Disputation was held at Pleißenburg Castle, where the New City Hall stands today. Yet there are also many other sites with connections to Luther and the Disputation around Leipzig, including the Paulinum University Church of St. Paul on Augustusplatz, former seat of the theological faculty, and St. Thomas Church, where the Disputation opened and closed. Come to Leipzig and retrace the history of the Disputation!