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Castle and Palais Allstedt

Allstedt

Burg und Schloss Allstedt Müntzers neue Gottesdienstordnung; Foto: designritter Flur Rezeptionsgeschichte Müntzers; Foto: designritter Blick in die Müntzerausstellung; Foto: designritter Großkamin der spätgotischen Burgküche

The preserved castle and palace complex offers a clear and tangible presentation of the site's construction and usage history spanning from the 13th to 19th century. The unique and imposing castle kitchen of the Late Medieval palace is one of the largest surviving kitchens from the Middle Ages to be found in Europe. The stucco ceilings and the palace chapel are prime examples of Middle German Baroque.
As an important center of the activities of the theologian and reformer Thomas Müntzer, the castle and palace of Allstedt form a location of great significance in the history of the Reformation. It is here that Müntzer gave his famous Sermon to the Princes. The original location of the sermon, the Hofstube, is still in existence today. Müntzer was the first to ever conduct religious services in German. The new permanent exhibition, 1523 – Thomas Müntzer: A Servant of God, is dedicated to him. Other exhibitions deal with the history of the palatinate and the construction and usage of the castle and palace, as well as with the works of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, who wrote three acts of his important classical drama Iphigenia in Tauris here. All this is rounded out with an impressive collection of cast iron decorative arts from Mägdesprung as well as other special exhibitions on a variety of select topics.

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