Rothenburg ob der Tauber

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Rothenburg ob der Tauber

Postby Galloglaich » Thu Sep 29, 2016 3:40 am

Rothenburg ob der Tauber, in Northern Bavaria (southern Germany).

A very well preserved medieval town, also a Free Imperial City and a Republic from 1274 - 1634. This meant it was outside of the Feudal system. This town is typical of more than 200 similar towns throughout Central Europe in the High to Late Medieval era, with the status of 'Free City', 'Royal Free City', or 'Imperial Free City'.

During the medieval period when most of this stuff was built, it had a population of about 5500 people, and had control over about 14,000 people altogether. It still has the old medieval town walls, towers, rathaus (town hall / seat of government) and other interesting medieval buildings, most dating back to the 14th and 15th Centuries.

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This is one of the old town gates

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One of the old public drinking fountains. Medieval towns had fresh water distributed throughout the town to fountains like this, where burghers would get their water for drinking, bathing, cooking, laundry and cleaning. These were also very helpful for fighting fires. The water was distributed in hollowed out logs used as pipes.

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The old altarpiece in the Church, St. Jakob

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The old town hall or Rathaus. This is where the town made it's political decisions, including foreign policy.

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A tunnel built into the foundation of St. Jakob's Church

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An alley

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A 14th Century bridge just outside of the town

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Franciscan Church

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A house built into the old town walls

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View from above

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