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CULTURAL TRAVEL GUIDE 2017

BISHOP JULIUS PFLUG: IRENIC THEOLOGIAN AND GUIDING INTELLECT OF ECUMENISM

Julius Pflug was a counselor and diplomat at the court in Dresden and was appointed by Emperor Charles V and the Roman Curia to conduct the negotiations with the Protestants. This earned him a central role in crucial developments of the Reformation era. His vast network of relationships spanning all of Europe placed him in contact with the major and important figures of his day, including Philipp Melanchthon and Erasmus of Rotterdam. On account of his efforts geared toward reconciliation and mediation he is regarded as a guiding intellect and forerunner of ecumenism, now more relevant than ever.

This is why the Combined Cathedral Chapters and the city of Zeitz are presenting a major cultural history exhibition honoring Julius Pflug as part of the Luther year of 2017. It not only examines a Catholic figure prominent in Zeitz and Reformation history but also specifically pays tribute to an irenic theologian of the Reformation era for the first time.

Over the course of his career, this widely educated aristocrat assembled one of the largest, nearly fully surviving personal libraries of the Reformation era. It uniquely reflects the momentous ecclesio-political upheavals and controversies that occurred in Central Germany.

Exceptional objects from numerous European collections are on display at the authentic sites of Moritzburg Palace Museum in Zeitz, the Cathedral of Sts. Peter and Paul, the Collegiate Chapter Library in the gatehouse, and St. Michael’s Church from the Monday after Pentecost until All Saints’ Days (June 5 to November 1) 2017. The exhibition is intended to elucidate Pflug’s distinct role as a mediator in the turbulent times of the Reformation, while conveying his great significance for ecumenical dialog of the present – and perhaps of the future, too.

LONG GUIDED EXHIBITION TOUR

Museum, Cathedral and Collegiate Chapter Library

120 minutes

€ 90,00 €/group plus admission

SHORT GUIDED EXHIBITION TOUR

Museum, Cathedral and Collegiate Chapter Library

90 minutes

€ 70,00 €/group plus admission

GUIDED TOURS

Guided tours with advance registration | Languages: German, English
Group size: 15–25 | 1 tour guide or 1 bus driver gets free admission
Meeting point: As arranged

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Reformation Zeitz 2017
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