Coordinates: 51°31′N 11°33′E / 51.517°N 11.550°E / 51.517; 11.550
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Coat of arms of Eisleben
Location of Eisleben within Mansfeld-Südharz district
Eisleben is located in Germany
Eisleben is located in Saxony-Anhalt
Coordinates: 51°31′N 11°33′E / 51.517°N 11.550°E / 51.517; 11.550
 • MayorJutta Fischer (SPD)
 • Total143.81 km2 (55.53 sq mi)
114 m (374 ft)
 • Total22,404
 • Density160/km2 (400/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
Postal codes
Dialling codes03475, 034773, 034776
Vehicle registrationMSH, EIL, HET, ML, SGH
Luther Memorials in Eisleben
UNESCO World Heritage Site
Part ofLuther Memorials in Eisleben and Wittenberg
CriteriaCultural: (iv)(vi)
Inscription1996 (20th Session)
Area0.20 ha (22,000 sq ft)
Buffer zone1.93 ha (208,000 sq ft)

Eisleben is a town in Saxony-Anhalt, Germany. It is famous as the hometown of Martin Luther; because of this, its official name is Lutherstadt Eisleben. In 2015, Eisleben had a population of 24,198.

Eisleben has two parts old town and new town (Altstadt and Neustadt). The new town was created for Eisleben's miners in the 14th century.

Eisleben was the capital of the district of Mansfelder Land and is the seat of the Verwaltungsgemeinschaft ("collective municipality") Lutherstadt Eisleben.

History[change | change source]

Eisleben was first written about in 997 as a market called Islebia, and in 1180 as a town. The counts of Mansfeld governed the area until the 18th century. In 1780, Eisleben came directly under the Electorate of Saxony. After the Napoleonic Wars, Eisleben became part of the Kingdom of Prussia. The Prussian Province of Saxony became part of the Free State of Prussia in the German Reich after World War I. After World War II, Eisleben became part of the new state of Saxony-Anhalt in the German Democratic Republic (GDR) until Germany's reuinification in 1990.

Helfta[change | change source]

Modern accommodation for nuns, Helfta Convent (Lutherstadt Eisleben).

In 1229, the Counts of Mansfield started a convent for women. At first, it was on the grounds of their castle. Then they built a separate convent at Helfta near Eisleben, which opened in 1258. It was governed under either the Benedictine or Cistercian model. It became known for its powerful and mystical abbesses, including Gertrude of Hackeborn, Gertrude the Great and Mechtild. However, Duke Albrecht of Brunswick destroyed the convent in 1342. It was rebuilt the next year. It closed in 1524, but later reopened on a smaller scale until 1542

In 1542, it came under the control of local farmers. In 1712 it became a farm run by the Prussian state. In 1994, the Catholic Diocese of Magdeburg bought the property and began restoring the building. Cistercian nuns from Seligenthal in Bavaria moved in starting in approximately 1999.[2]

Martin Luther[change | change source]

The Protestant reformer Martin Luther was born in Eisleben on November 10, 1483. His father, Hans Luther, was a miner. Luther's family moved to Mansfeld when he was only a year old; he lived in Wittenberg most of his life. Luther preached his last sermon and died in Eisleben in 1546.

Eisleben started preserving its Luther memorials in 1689.

In 1997, Eisleben's "Birth House" and "Death House" were added to the World Heritage List. Also, Luther was baptised in Eisleben's St. Peter and Paul Church. He preached his last sermons at St. Andreas Church.

Historical population[change | change source]

The population has been declining since the mid-1960s due to declining birth rates and people moving away.[3] The municipal area has been enlarged several times by merging with neighboring districts.[4]

Year 1964 1971 1981 1989 1995 2000 2002 2004 2006 2008
Inhabitants* 44,773 41,682 37,330 35,374 31,882 29,526 28,848 28,040 27,037 26,190
Year 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
Inhabitants* 25,489 25,380 24,384 24,284 24,346 24,198
* population as of 31st December, except for 1964–1981: census

People[change | change source]

Martin Luther as a monk in 1520
Friedrich August von Quenstedt in 1868

Twin town[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Bevölkerung der Gemeinden – Stand: 31. Dezember 2021" (PDF) (in German). Statistisches Landesamt Sachsen-Anhalt. June 2022.
  2. Witt, Claudia. "The History Of The Convent Of Helfta". Archived from the original on 2014-02-03. Retrieved 2017-10-03.
  3. Statistisches Landesamt Sachsen-Anhalt: Lutherstadt Eisleben – Landkreis Mansfeld-Südharz. Bevölkerungsstand (seit 1964) und Bevölkerungsbewegungen. Archived 2015-04-12 at the Wayback Machine Aktualisierung: 27. Juli 2016. In: statistik.sachsen-anhalt.de, abgerufen am 8. August 2016.
  4. StBA: Änderungen bei den Gemeinden Deutschlands, siehe 2007 Archived 2018-08-29 at the Wayback Machine (XLS; 369 kB; Datei ist nicht barrierefrei), abgerufen am 8. August 2016.

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