Idea #262 – Visiting the imperial city of Bamberg
Bamberg is a German city, situated in the South of the country, in Land of Bavaria and region of Haute-Franconie. It was connected in Bavaria at the beginning of the XIXth century. Episcopal city, the third historic site of Germany, Bamberg shelters 2 200 historic monuments. Built on seven hills, the city was born in the Middle Ages and was transformed in the XVIIth and XVIIIth centuries into baroque city by princes-bishops.
Bamberg, little industrialized and often covered with mist, escaped the destructions which knew the majority of the German cities during the Second World War. The medieval churches are next to bourgeois houses of baroque style and monumental buildings. The former(old) city hall of the XIVth century, in facades richly decorated, built on an artificial island of the river Regnitz, still marks the entrance of the old town. In the cathedral, the recumbent effigy of Henri II and his wife Cunégonde is visible. In 1002, he had chooses Bamberg as capital and bishop’s palace and in 1014, he had been crowned Emperor of saint Empire.
In the XVIIIth century, under the reign of princes-bishops Lothaire-François of Schönborn and Frédéric-Charles de Schönborn-Buchheim, the city knows a cultural blooming, which is translated in particular in the urban architecture. The “Dream city” (“Traumstadt” in German) is registered on the UNESCO world heritage since 1993.
Where is it ?
Bamberg, Bavaria, Germany