It is my great pleasure to let readers of this blog know that, as in 2013, I will be again traveling overseas to Europe this June. Following author Douglas Bond, my family and I will be tracing the history of the Italian Reformation from Rome, Italy, to Geneva, Switzerland. Recalling my previous trip, I thought it might be of interest for some to see a few photographs from France, Germany, and Switzerland. So below is pictured an extremely fast trip across Europe and back!
The 'Place de Maubert' in Paris, where in the late 1400's the first Huguenots were martyred for their faith.
Notre Dame, Paris - we learned why a Reformation was so desperately needed: not to make a new church, but to bring people back to the truth of the Scriptures.
Noyon, France - the birthplace of John Calvin. You can still see shell damage to this church from the First World War.
Strasbourg, France - the city wherein Martin Bucer ministered for many years, and where the invention of the printing press allowed the Gospel to advance rapidly.
Eisleben, Germany - the birth and death place of Martin Luther, where he is commemorated with a statue picturing his life in the town square.
Heidelburg, Germany - We visited the Palatinate (Heidelburg Castle) on the 450th anniversary of the writing of the Heidelburg Catechism.
The Wartburg Castle, Germany, where Luther hid from his enemies, and translated the entire New Testament from Greek into German.
Zurich, Switzerland - though it was a dreary day, we remembered the life-giving Gospel preaching of Heinrich Bullinger and Ulrich Zwingli.
The Reformation Wall, Geneva, Switzerland. A great many Heroes of the Reformation are remembered here on this wall. The main inscription reads, "Post Tenebras Lux" - "After Darkness, Light."
BONUS: Juno Beach, Normandy, France. I traveled for one day to the place where, despite the peaceful setting, the greatest invasion during World War Two happened.
So goes a quick overview of Reformation places in Europe; Part Two will outline where I go, but more importantly, why.
For Christ's Glory,
William A Moore