The Ernestines. A dynasty shapes Europe
Almost 100 years since Thuringian’s last monarchs abdicated, a cultural historic state exhibition will present that glorious and fascinating dynasty of rulers who shaped and influenced the history of Thuringia, Germany and Europe for over 400 years – the Ernestines.
The exhibition “The Ernestines. A Dynasty Shapes Europe” will take place from 24 April to 28 August 2016 on a total of 4,000 sqm of exhibition space at the former residences of Weimar and Gotha. It will present the Ernestines as a Protestant dynasty which presided over the fate of its lands between the Reformation and the Revolution and influenced their destiny for years to come. Members of the Ernestine line are still to be found in several royal dynasties in Europe, for example in Belgium and Great Britain.
The Thuringian state exhibition wishes to generate appreciation of this practically forgotten dynasty which had once been so powerful. Staged at the original sites of Ernestine activity, the exhibition will vividly portray political, courtly and cultural life, displays of splendour from the late Middle Ages to the Baroque era, and the cultural and scientific achievements of the 18th and 19th century under the houses of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach, Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg and Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, and other lines such as Saxe-Meiningen and Saxe-Hildburghausen. Renowned works from over 400 years of Thuringian and European cultural history await you at the Neues Museum and City Castle in Weimar and the Ducal Museum and Friedenstein Castle in Gotha.