Rome dedicates piazza to Martin Luther

Square in Colle Oppio park to be named after Reformation leader.

Rome has approved plans to dedicate a piazza to Martin Luther, the 16th-century German theologian who rebelled against the Catholic church and began the Protestant Reformation in 1517.

On 16 September a plaque reading “Piazza Martin Lutero – teologo tedesco (1483-1546)” will be installed at a square along Viale Fortunato Mizzi, in the Colle Oppio park near the Domus Aurea monument.

The initiative comes ahead of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation in 2017, and follows a request begun five years ago by the Seventh Day Adventist council in Rome.

The project was not opposed by the Vatican, according to the Catholic World News.