Saturday, 9 February 2019

Germany: History of Erfurt

On Tuesday I got three postcards from Germany.

One of them is the Chronicle card of Erfurt. Erfurt was mentioned for the first time around 729. Saint Boniface founded a diocese there in 742 and under the rule of Charlemagne it became a centre of the trade with the Slavs. During the rest of the Middle Ages it was one of the largest German cities. In 1392 the University of Erfurt was founded, which later became a centre of the Humanism. One of its most famous students was Martin Luther. In 1664 Erfurt came under the control of the Prince Elector of Mainz and remained this until it became a part of Prussia in 1803. In the 19th century it was again an intellectual centre, when it was the meeting point of famous persons like Goethe, Schiller, Wilhelm von Humboldt and Herder. It also became a centre of the horticulture and in 1838 the first German horticultural exhibition took place in Erfurt. After World War II it became an East German district capital and since the German Reunification it is the capital of the German State of Thuringia.


Stamp:
Dinner for One (issued 11-10-2018)


Thank You very much Edith!

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