Melanchthon House WittenbergThe Melanchthon House in Wittenberg is an architectural jewel. The Renaissance building, with its characteristic gable, has long been considered among the most beautiful in the city.
Originally commissioned by John Frederick I, Elector of Saxony, the three-storyed house was given to Philipp Melanchthon – known as the “Teacher of Germany” – to encourage him to remain at the local university. The new house offered space for his family and the opportunity to take on students as paying guests. The building was purchased by the Prussian state in 1845. In 1898 and 1899, they provided the first storey with a reconstruction of the scholar’s study, which is also the room where Melanchthon died.
From late 2010 to early 2013, the memorial was restored and expanded with addition of a modern new building. The annex now contains some of the amenities formerly in the memorial, including the ticket counter, a museum shop, and technical and sanitation facilities, thus freeing additional space for exhibition. For the first time, visitors have largely barrier-free access to the entirety of the Melanchthon House memorial.