Friday, 21 August 2015

Germany: Nuremberg

Yesterday I got three postcards: one from Germany, one from Spain and one from Japan.

The card from Germany is the Chronicle card of Nuremberg. Nuremberg was first mentioned in 1050. In 1219 the city got the imperial immediacy and housed the imperial insignia between 1424 and 1796. Trade, crafts, art and science had their heyday in the 15th and 16th century in a city with a strong civil society. The city lost its importance in the 17th and 18th century. In 1806 the city became a part of Bavaria and evolved into a centre of industry and trade. At the time of the National Socialism the city was an important centre of the Nazi propaganda and the location of the Nuremberg Rallies. In 1935 the Nuremberg Laws were introduced. The city was heavily destroyed during World War II and was later rebuilt in the Late Medieval style. Between 1945 and 1946 the Nuremberg Trials against prominent members of the political, military, and economic leadership of Nazi Germany were held in Nuremberg. Today is Nuremberg the largest city of Franconia, the second largest of Bavaria and the fourteenth largest in Germany.
I bought this card when I visited Nuremberg on my way back from Milan and sent it to me when I was at home again.

Lily of the Valley (issued 06-05-2010)

I also bought a postcard about Albrecht Dürer. Albrecht Dürer was a German painter. He was born in Nuremberg in 1471. He is considered to be one of the most important painters of the Renaissance. Albrecht Dürer's House (upper left corner), where he lived between 1509 and his death in 1528, houses a museum.

Two other cards I bought are from the Nuremberg Transport Museum. The Nuremberg Transport Museum is one of the oldest technical history museums in Europe. It was established in 1899. The cards show a replica and an illustration of the Adler. The Adler was the first locomotive that was successfully used commercially for the rail transport in Germany. It connected Nuremberg and Fürth for the first time in 1835.

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