March 01, 2014


Worms, and Heidleberg, Germany

On our way to Heidelberg, Germany, our class took a slight detour and purposefully landed ourselves in Worms. Worms is one of the three oldest towns in Germany, and also played a significant role in the Protestant Reformation. In this city, Martin Luther faced the imperial diet of the Holy Roman Empire commonly known as the Diet of Worms. Here Luther was asked to recant and to this he replied,

"Unless I am convinced by Scripture and plain reason - I do not accept the authority of the popes and councils, for they have contradicted each other - my conscience is captive to the Word of God. I cannot and I will not recant anything for to go against conscience is neither right nor safe. God help me. Amen."

The St. Peter's Cathedral in Worms. Here it is Taylor's turn to student lecture about the happenings in Worms during the Protestant Reformation.

Ambexers are having fun imitating their favorite Protestant Reformers.

The next and final stop of our Reformation Tour brings us to the beautiful and romantic city of Heidelberg.

This photo is taken inside the plaza of the Heidelberg Castle which now lies mostly in ruins due to war and natural disaster. However, this plaza remains almost entirely intact and provides a great backdrop for this well choreographed group photo!

This picturesque town of Heidelberg is host to over a million people stopping in to take in its beauty each year. In the background lies the ruins of the Heidelberg castle. Restoration projects were going to be made to restore this castle to its former glory but residents argued that the castle in ruins was much more unique and retained an imaginative and mysterious beauty that the decision was made to leave the castle as it lies. 

This beautiful view ends the jam packed week of the Reformation Tour. The students are off to their travel weeks tomorrow so stay tuned to their adventures in Portugal, France, Switzerland and Turkey!

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