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500 years of the Reformation

2017 marks the quincentenary of the Protestant Reformation. On October 31, 1517, Martin Luther (pictured) published his 95 Theses, triggering what is considered the beginning of a movement with profound spiritual and political consequences. These commemorations will have a particular significance in Switzerland, a hot bed of Protestantism thanks to the reformers Calvin and Zwingli.

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Protestantism in Switzerland

The origin of the Reformation is generally considered to date back to the publication in Germany of the Martin Luther’s 95 Theses on October 31, 1517.



Every year, the Rendez-vous Bundesplatz light show transforms the Swiss parliament building in Bern into a canvas for multimedia storytelling. In 2017, the theme is the Reformation.