St. Jacob’s Gate in Augsburg, Bavaria, Germany

St. Jacob’s gate is one of the old gates in Augsburg. It is a city in the south-west of Bavaria in Germany. It is known to be a called as a College town. It is also the second oldest city of Germany after Trier.

St. Jacob’s gate is located some meters from the Fuggerei which is the world’s oldest social housing complex still in work. It is a walled enclave within the city of Augsburg, Bavaria. It takes it name from the Fugger family and was founded in 1516 by Jacob Fugger the Younger (known as “Jacob Fugger the Rich”) as a place where the needy citizens of Augsburg could be housed. By 1523, 52 houses had been built, and in the coming years the area expanded with various streets, small squares and a church. The gates were locked at night, so the Fuggerei was, in its own right, very similar to a small independent medieval town. It is still inhabited today, affording it the status of being the oldest social housing project in the world.

Below is an image taken during our visit last July 18, 2010. More images to be posted later on.

Augsburg is the only German city with its own legal holiday, the Peace of Augsburg, celebrated on August 8 of every year. This gives Augsburg more legal holidays than any other region or city in Germany.

 
 

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