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Tree avenue in Murska Sobota named after Martin Luther

Murska Sobota, 6 December - A new tree avenue was opened on Wednesday in the town of Murska Sobota in the north-east, which carries the name of German Protestant reformer Martin Luther. It extends into the tree avenue named after Slovenian reformer Primož Trubar to connect the regional museum and Martin Luther's Church.

Murska Sobota
Opening of new tree avenue named after Martin Luther (1483-1546).
Photo: Marjan Maučec/STA

Murska Sobota
Opening of new tree avenue named after Martin Luther (1483-1546).
Photo: Marjan Maučec/STA

The opening of the avenue, which marks the start of an extensive city centre overhaul meant to liven up downtown Murska Sobota, was attended by Mayor Aleksander Jevšek and Catholic and Evangelical bishops Peter Štumpf and Geza Filo.

Filo said on the occasion that naming the avenue after Luther (1483-1546) means a lot for Murska Sobota and for the memory of the Reformation and its representatives, who contributed significantly to the development of Slovenian language and culture.

Murska Sobota is the biggest town in the region of Prekmurje, which is home to the majority of Slovenian Protestants. These account for about a percent of the country's two-million population.

The 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation was nonetheless marked extensively in Slovenia this year in honour of Protestant reformers who helped establish a crucial building block of national identity.

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