1501- Spring -
Luther matriculated as a student of the university of
1502 - 23.
September - successful completion of the semester as a
Bachelor of Arts
1505 - January -
Luther passed his Master of Arts examination.
1505 - 20. May -
Luther attended law lectures in the Collegium
Marianum (situated behind the right-hand side of the
cathedral, but now no longer in existence).
1505 - Spring -
Luther read for the first time the complete text of the
Bible, the Vulgate version in the university library.
1505 - 2. July -
Luther's conversion experience during a thunderstorm at
Stotternheim when Luther vowed to become a monk.
1505 - 16. July -
in the Collegium Amplonianum (situated in
Michaelisstraße, now no longer in existence) Luther was
supposed to have given a farewell supper for his friends.
1505 - 17. July -
Luther bade farewell to his friends at the entrance to
the eremitical Augustinian monastery.
1506 - 3. April -
Luther's first meeting with Johann von Staupitz, the
vicar general of the eremitic branch of the
1506 - September -
In front of the altar of the Augustinian church, Luther
took his final vows to become a monk when he lay down on
the gravestone of Johannes Zachariae, a former professor of
1507 - 27.
February (?) - the Erfurt bishop Johann Boonemilch von
Laasphe (died 1510) consecrated Martin Luther to the
priesthood in front of the high altar of the cathedral
Beate Mariae Virginis.
1507 - 2. May -
Luther said his first mass in the Augustian chapel. He
invited his relatives from Mansfeld and his friends from
Eisenach to the ceremony.
1509 - The year of
"Erfurt's madness". Luther was horrified when
he was confronted with the beginnings of the rising tide
of discontent from the people of the city and he was
clearly opposed to this movement.
1510 - Following
academic tradition, Luther gave his innaugural lecture in
the Auditorium coelicum, the formal hall of the
theological facultly at Erfurt cathedral.
1518 - 9. May - in
the Erfurt Collegium Marianum, Luther visited his friend
Judocus Trutvetter for the last time.
1521 - 6. April -
on his journey from Wittenberg to Worms, Luther entererd
Erfurt through the "Schmidtstedter" gate and
was given a jubilant reception by the citizens of Erfurt.
1521 - 7. April -
Luther preached in the Augustinian chapel with "deep
and sincere devotion" and uttered these words which
have since become famous: "I want to speak the truth
and I must speak the truth even if twenty heads should
fall." This sermon is believed to have had the
greatest effect of all in spreading his doctrines in
1522 - 2. March -
coming from the Wartburg in Eisenach on his journey to
Wittenberg - Luther, disguissed as "Squire
Jörg" , stopped at the "Hohe Lilie" (The
Tall Lily). Although this refers to a former building,
the present inn, "Hohe Lilie" situated on the
south eastern corner of the cathedral square, still
stands on the same site.
1522 - 21. October
- Luther preached a sermon on "faith and works"
in the "Michaeliskirche" (St. Michael's Church)
1522 - 22. October
- Luther preached a sermon on "the cross and
suffering" in the old market church of Erfurt
"Zum Kaufmännern" (The Merchant's Church)
1529 - 11. October
- on his return from Marburg, where he had been discussing
religion with Ulrich Zwingli, the reformer from Zurich,
Luther gave a sermon on the text "I have come in my
Father's name" in the "Barfüßerkirche"
(The Franciscan Church).
1537 - 4. March -
Luther was in a very bad state of health, so he left
Schmalkalden to go to his friend Georg Sturtz who lived
at the "Engelsburg" (the famous meeting place
of the Humanists), where Luther received lodging and
1540 - 4./5. July
- Luther, Jonas and Melanchthon stay at the
"Schlehendorn" inn. Altough it no longer
exists, it was the most exclusive guest house in Erfurt
at that time.
1540 - 27. July -
on his return from Eisenach, Luther and his companions
stopped at the "Schlehendorn". This was his
last stay in Erfurt.