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Interesting facts of Rothenburg ob der Tauber

Key points of good to know:

  • In 1986 Jorge Mario Bergoglio SJ from Argentina did learn German in Rothenburg ob der Tauber. In 2013 he became Pope Franciscus I.
  • The imaginery of Walt Disney’s “Pinocchio” was very much influenced by sketches of Rothenburg ob der Tauber he knew.
  • Rothenburg’s medieval town hall was model for the German pavillon at Chicago World Exhibition in 1893.
  • Rothenburg’s painter Eichi Takeyama (Herrngasse 23) is a relative to Japan’s former prime minister and lives for over 20 years in Rothenburg.
  • Winery “Glocke” with its vineyard “Eich” is the most southern winemaker of Franconia (10 ha and large variety of 33 sorts of grapes)
  • English garden city reform movement about 1900 was very much influenced by Rothenburg’s perfect outlook as a walled medieval town. Raymond Unwin designed Hampstead garden Suburb (part of Greater London) with reference to Rothenburg’s architectural patterns.
  • St. James’ church with its altar of Holy Blood is the only protestant church with a roman-catholic relic. Riemenschneider’s altar is a late gothic wood carved (limewood) masterpiece – it represents the state of art at that time in Germany.
  • Rothenburg is the centre of St. James Way in Germany: five St. James Ways meet here.
  • Rothenburg hosts two museums which are unique in Germany and in Europe: Medieval Crime and Justice Museum as well as the German Christmas Museum
  • In 2015 Rothenburg celebrates 800th birthday of Rabbi Meir Ben Baruch who was among the most influential Jewish theologians of the middle ages.
  • “Pax intrantibus, salus exeuntibus” – a aphorism decorating the entrance of Spital Gate has become the mission statement of one of the largest airports in the world: Haneda in Tokyo/Japan. Between Haneda and Rothenburg there’s a special relationship with annual exchange.

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