On October 31, 1517 Martin Luther, a monk and theology professor published 95 theses about indulgences abuse. The famous theses are considered to be the beginning of the Reformation; an event that had a major impact on politics, religion, culture and society in world history.
As of 2008, the Luther Decade has been represented by a wide range of commorative events regarding the Reformation in Wittenberg. Some examples of these events are the 450th anniversary of Melanchthon in 2010 and the 500th birthday of Lucas Cranach D.J. in 2015. The city of Wittenberg is interested in perserving the historical impact that the Reformation had on the world in the past and present. The preserveration of the Luther Decade extends into present day.
World Reformation Exhibition
Starting in October 2014, the 3-year countdown of the 500 years of Reformation in 2017 is presented by a large globe on the market square of Wittenberg. A clock is embedded inside the globe that counts down the hours, minutes and seconds until thethe opening of the "World's Reformation Exibition" on May 20th, 2017. This highly visible globe that measures one meter in diameter attracts many visitors.