Mansfield, Germany

 

Mansfeld is a town in the Mansfeld-S├╝dharz district, in Saxony-Anhalt, Germany. It is situated on the river Wipper, 10 km northwest of Eisleben. Protestantism's pioneer Martin Luther grew up in Mansfeld, and in the 1990s Mansfeld became one of sixteen places to be designated a "Lutherstadt" for this reason.

History

Mansfeld received town priviliges in 1400, and grew through the development of copper and silver mining, an activities in which Hans Luder, father to Martin Luther, was employed in a senior position. Luther himself attended the local school between 1488 and 1496, although the building known as "Luther's School" had to be torn down and rebuilt in 2000 due to structural problems.