Wartburg

1989 UE4. Discovered 1989 Oct. 23 by F. Borngen at Tautenburg.

Named for a castle on a hill near the town of Eisenach, a jewel of the German territories, earlier the dwelling-place of the Thuringian landgraves and of

Saint Elisabeth (1211-1227). In a special way, Wartburg was the scene of historical events in the past. In 1521-1522 Martin Luther there translated the New Testament into German, defended from his pursuers. In 1817 German students came together to express their striving for unity and liberty. In 1845 Wagner {see planet (3992)} digested in the opera Tannheiuser the contest of the minnesingers in the late Romanic palace of Wartburg. (M 22250)

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