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Luther's Tree

Legend has it that two women argued about Luther during the Diet of Worms. One of them, a follower of Luther, took her staff and thrust it into the ground, exclaiming: "By the truth that this staff will take root and grow into a tree, by the same truth are Luther's teachings true." 

oldest image of Luther`s Tree 
oldest image of Luther`s Tree
Luther`s Tree in former days 
Luther`s Tree in former days
A wooden relief tells the story of Luther`s Tree 
A wooden relief tells the story of Luther`s Tree
Luther's Tree in Pfiffligheim, photo: Worms City Archive 
Luther's Tree in Pfiffligheim, photo: Worms City Archive

Of course she was proven right, as the staff became an elm, reaching a height of 40 metres and becoming a protected natural monument and local landmark. But it lost its crown during a storm in 1870. Eventually it had to be felled in 1949. The mighty trunk with a circumference of 11 metres is preserved and transformed into a cultural monument by a wooden relief board by Gustav Nonnenmacher.

Luther's Tree in Pfiffligheim, photo: Worms City Archive 
Luther's Tree in Pfiffligheim, photo: Worms City Archive
 
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