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04860 Torgau, Germany

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Exhibition: Torgau. Residence of Renaissance and Reformation

In the 15th and 16th centuries Hartenfels,  the impressive Renaissance castle, was the residence favoured by the Electors of Saxony whose political power protected Luther and significantly supported the spread of his ideas of reform. Schloss Hartenfels is UNESCO World Heritage candidate 2017.
The Special Exhibition, which is realized through the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden (Dresden State Art Collections) shows the interrelations between politics and the Reformation and present the significance of Torgau as residential seat of the Electors of Saxony in the 16th and early 17th centuries.


Exhibition: The work of Johann Walter in the restored priests’ house of Georg Spalatin

Built in 1493, the house in number 8 Kathareninstraße is one of the oldest remaining houses of the city of Torgau. As far as can be determined, the house is the only remaining clerical house in Saxony still mostly in its original

Magister Georg Spalatin (1484 – 1545), mediator and tireless supporter of the Reformation, resided in Torgau from 1508 in this property. In 1523, the Prince Elector of Saxony gifted Spalatin the house as thanks for worked performed by Spalatin for the Prince Elector. The house was later sold again by Spalatin for 200 Guilders (gold pennies), after Spalatin became the pastor and superintendent of Altenburg. Georg Spalatin was also a close friend of Martin Luther and was Luther‘s intermediary to the Prince Elector, making Spalatin one of the most important supporters of Luther’s Reformation. In celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, the Spalatin House has been further restored and made open to the public. The house now hosts an exhibition exploring the role of music during the Reformation.


Exhibition in the Electoral Chambers " Johann Friedrich the Magnanimous - The last ernestine elector"

The exhibition deals with the fundamental importance of Torgau as political centre of the Reformation,place of courtly-architectural representation of European rank,fortress and garrison of the  18th and 19th century.
The focus is on the elector Johann Friedrich the Magnanimous and his wife Sibylle von Cleve.  Under his instruction the „Großer Wendelstein“, the impressive gallery of coats of arms as well as the Electoral Chamber with  its world famous Castle Chapel were build. The Ernestin elector lived from 1533 to 1547 mainly in Torgau. He was the leading supporter of Martin Luthers doctrine.

27 – 29 April 2018  I  Elbe Day

With open-air music, talk shows and workshops Torgau celebrates the meeting between soldiers of the Soviet Army and the US Army on the Elbe River in April 1945. This year it is already the 66th anniversary of the historic link-up. More than 20 national and international bands have been invited to play jazz. There will be various other events keeping alive the idea of peace and understanding among nations. www.elbeday.de

June 2018 I 36th Festive Week Of Protestant Church Music

Church music has a long tradition in Torgau. Johann Walter, choirmaster at the electoral court in Torgau and founder of polyphony in the German church music, became Martin Luther's friend and composed new songs and hymns. Since then, singing has always been an important element in the Protestant church service.

12 - 22 July 2018 I 6th International Saxon Academy of Singers

The academy is designed to address the needs and interests of vocal music majors studying in German Conservatories as well as students presently attending universities in other countries. The students practice and perform together and enjoy the opportunity to be heard by a thankful audience.

5 - 7 October 2018 I Luthers Fair

Light arts, concerts and market activities - Torgau was with Hartenfels Castle residential seat oft he saxon electors and the political centre of the Reformation. The castle chapel was established under elector Johann Friedrich the Magnanimous as the first Protestant church construction and was consecrated on the 5th of October, 1544 by Martin Luther personally. For this reason the Renaissance town invites from  the 5th to the 8th of October to a festivity with historical and contemporary market activities and a fair. www.luthers-kirchweih.de

31 October 2018 I Festival service and concert on the occasion of the Reformation

December 2018 I Torgau´s Fairytale Christmas Market

Remote from the big cities, the Torgau Christmas market is a very special tip. It only lasts for two weeks and over the years more and more people come to see the big tree in front of the town hall and the lovely fairytale scenes there. Regional products and seasonal articles are offered in nicely decorated cabins, and children are waiting for Santa Claus, who always comes with his little helpers at the afternoons and even has time enough to pose for a photo. You should not miss the annual Christmas exhibition in our museum, where this year historic Christmas tree decorations will be shown.

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