2014 marks the 600th anniversary of the start of the Council of Constance. The Council was a major event in church politics which made Constance the center of European politics and a meeting place of European cultures in the years 1414-1418. Baden-Württemberg commemorates the anniversary of the world event of the late Middle Ages with a Great State Exhibition. The organizational responsibility was assigned to the Badische Landesmuseum in Karlsruhe.
The Exhibition can be viewed from 27 April to 21 September 2014 in the actual building in which events took place in Constance. The Conclave moved into the Merchants Guildhall in 1417 with the intention of not leaving until the church could be united by the successful election of a single Pope. We are in the thick of the historical events in the building now called the Council House, which is a landmark of the city.
President Joachim Gauck has consented to act as patron of the Great State Exhibition