King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima of the Netherlands marked the 500th anniversary of the start of the Reformation by Martin Luther by visiting the 'Schlosskirche' (Palace Church) in Lutherstadt Wittenberg. According to tradition it was at the door of this All Saints Church that Martin Luther put his 95 theses opposing the Catholic Church's sale of indulgences. That was the starting point of the Church Reformation, and brought about the protestant churches.
The Netherlands were influenced by Luther, although it was John Calvin who had a stronger and lasting effect on its culture, religion, history and tradition, King Willem-Alexander said after the visit. The Dutch Royal Couple are on a four day working visit to the German states of Thuringia, Saxony and Saxony-Anhalt.
Queen Margrethe of Denmark visited the same Church in October and presented an altar cloth she had made and designed herself. One week later the Church was visited by King Carl Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden during their State Visit to Germany.
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