Two shots of books in this post. (Books is the City Daily Photo group's Nov. 1 theme.)
The same book, the Bible, but in two vastly different moods.
Knowing the church would be packed for All Saints and All Souls Days (Oct. 31 and Nov. 1), Martin Luther seized the day to nail his "95 Theses" protest on the Wittenberg church door. That was back in 1517 and till today Protestants mark Oct. 31 as Reformation Day, including here in Jerusalem.
Well, Luther was no friend of the Jews, to put it mildly, so you won't find a statue of him in Israel (unless there is one I don't know of, tucked away in some Lutheran church). So to illustrate Reformation Day I have to open my photo archive from when I lived in lovely Switzerland (2002-3).
Meet Guillaume Farel (1489-1565), fiery French preacher, a founder of the Reformed Church in the Francophone cantons of Switzerland.
He guards the door to the old (begun in 1185) Collegiale in Neuchatel, Switzerland. Click on the first photo to see his face and understand why, whenever I entered this basilica, I would duck in quickly to avoid his wrath!
This 14-th century cenotaph is a grand piece of Gothic art, the only monument of its kind outside Italy. Fortunately it escaped the iconoclastic frenzy of the Reformers in 1530. The citizens did not have the heart to destroy their own noblemen in this Monument of the Neuchatel Counts.
I loved to look at them while hearing marvelous free organ concerts the church gave one Friday each month.
BTW, a major dig around Luther's house was just completed. Interesting stuff in Der Spiegel's article entitled "THE REFORMER'S RUBBISH, Archaeologists Unveil Secrets of Luther's Life."