500 year anniversary of the Reformation
The Luther Decade
On October 31, 1517, Martin Luther published his famous theses on the power and efficacy of indulgences. Later on, this would be known as the official beginning of the Reformation. According to history, Martin Luther nailed his theses to the door of All Saints` Church in Wittenberg, Germany. This door is now the symbol of the Reformation.
In 2008 the German Church started on a ten-year project, “The Luther Decade”, where the Reformation is the main theme. Every year the project has a new theme where the intent is to inform about the Reformation.
“Luther 2017” is this year`s theme for the German project and will focus on the 500 year anniversary of the Reformation. From May 20 to September 10 Wittenberg is arranging a world Exhibition called “Gates of Freedom”. Germany and Wittenberg also has several other exhibitions and events related to the 500 year anniversary.
Austrått and the Norwegian Reformation
In Ørland, a little peninsula outside the coast of Trondheim (Norway), we find a small place called Austrått. This place have an interesting history and is an important place when talking about the Reformation in Norway.
On April 1 ,1537, the Norwegian Archbishop Olav Engelbrektsson fled from Trondheim. He had lost the power struggle after years of civil war in Denmark combined with religious turmoil in Europe. This marked the end of Norway as a catholic country. The last known act of the Archbishop was that he went ashore on Austrått. Here, he and his men plundered a woman who lived in the manor, known as Lady Inger of Austrått. This woman was one of the Archbishops biggest opponents leading up to the Reformation. Lady Inger and her influence during the reformation years is the basis of a project taking place in Austrått, The Reformation Project Austrått 1537. This project is the Norwegian contribution to “Luther 2017”.
You can still visit the historical manor in Austrått and get a guided tour from experienced guides.
Austrått has a lot to offer and there are several interesting historical places you should visit while staying there. Including Austrått fort, which was built during the World War 2.
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Austråttborgen in Ørland is one of the oldest manors in Norway. It was the home of Lady "Inger of Austrått" who was central to the introduction of the Reformation in Norway