About the Old Latin School

Welcome home to the Reformation!

The International Lutheran Center at the Old Latin School (OLS), provides a place for people to learn, grow, study, meet, retreat, and experience the Gospel in Lutherstadt Wittenberg, home of the Reformation. The center is directly adjacent to St. Mary’s City Church, or Stadtkirche, where through the countless sermons of Martin Luther and others, the Christian Church was re-formed. Stemming from the new approach to education being taught by the Wittenberg reformers, the Old Latin School was built in 1564, as the city school for boys. It is truly in the very center of the birthplace of the Reformation.

The Old Latin School is managed by the International Lutheran Society of Wittenberg gGmbH (ILSW). This German non-profit organization is a partnership of the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS), the Independent Evangelical Lutheran Church of Germany (SELK), and the International Lutheran Council (ILC). The ILSW is also a Recognized Service Organization of the LCMS.

The International Lutheran Center at the OLS is a place where we can share our Lutheran heritage by confessing Christ in the local and international community. The ILSW invites all to explore the Lutheran roots in Wittenberg by coming home to the Reformation.

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