Summer Trip to Augsburg, Germany

Let’s visit this time the south-west part of Bavaria, Germany. It’s been a year now since we visited Augsburg. We only had a day-trip that time which is not really enough to see everything. At least, we saw some of its main sights like the Augsburg Rathaus (City Hall), Schaetzlerpalais, Jacob Gate, Church of St. Jacob, St. Ulrich Church and other sights and monuments in this city.

Augburg is known to be a university town. It is Germany’s third oldest city, after Neuss and Trier.

the Perlach tower and the Augsburg Rathaus (City Hall) during our visit last July 2010.

the Fugger Monument in Augsburg.

Jacob Fugger: March 6, 1459 – December 30, 1525

Born into a prominent Augsburg merchant family, in his time he was Europe’s wealthiest merchant and banker. Through the clever exploitation of mineral rights, his firm held a monopoly on the European copper market and thus laid the groundwork for the prosperity and international standing of the Fugger family business. In 1511, he was elevated to the nobility.

As a banker, Jakob Fugger served members of the nobility, the European royal families and the Catholic Church. He financed wars and ascents to the monarchy and consequently achieved rapid growth and considerable political influence for his business. Even by today’s standards, his wealth was unfathomably immense—thus earning for himself the sobriquet of “Jakob the Rich”. Largely due to him, during that time Augsburg stood in the center of world affairs. augsburg.de

 
 

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