Photographer's Note

Hello friends and colleagues, today I offer the fifth photo of this beautiful German city, on this occasion a general view taken from a nice park. I visited a couple of years ago with the visual information photos of our companions on this site, I hope you like it and visit it in the future, then some letters over the city.

Rothenburg ob der Tauber is a town in the district of Ansbach in Bavaria, Germany. Until 1803 it was an Imperial Free City and today is a world famous tourist attraction for its well-preserved medieval center.

In 970 Detwang parish was created, today a district of the city, and then Grafenburg Castle oberhalb der Tauber where the designation "ob der Tauber" originates and means "on the Tauber River" built. This castle was destroyed by the earthquake of 1356. The town was elevated to the rank of Imperial Free City between 1170 and 1240. The most prominent figure in medieval Rothenburg was Heinrich Toppler (ca. 1340-1408), whose energetic policy and land purchases influenced the development of the city for many years after his death.
In 1631, during the Thirty Years War the city was taken by the Count of Tilly. This gave rise to the traditional annual celebration of Meistertrunk (Master mouthful), with an allegorical piece. According to tradition, Tilly took prisoners to city councilors, sentenced them to death and ordered the city was burned. The mayor of Rothenburg gave me welcome offering wine served in a magnificent and colorful glass vase 3¼ liters. Tilly, slightly appeased by the gesture, offered to respect the integrity of the city if someone was able to drink the wine jug in one gulp. Mayor Georg Nusch, volunteered for the attempt, and to the astonishment of all and particularly Tilly, Nusch proceeded to drink it in one gulp, so the city was saved from destruction.

After the last troops left the city in 1650, the development of the city was paralyzed and Rothenburg lost significance. This is the reason why the buildings of this era, for the most part, have been preserved to this day.

In 1803, with the mediation and secularization of the Holy Roman Empire, Rothenburg became part of Bavaria. In these years the city became a favorite of English and French tourist destination. During the Weimar Rothenburg became strong support of the Nazi party. In the 1933 elections the citizens of Rothenburg gave the Nazis 83% of the vote.

On March 31, 1945 the city was bombed by the US Air Force, which resulted in the destruction of 40% of the city. However, the older parts of the city and its historic buildings were not affected. The destroyed buildings were reconstructed in its original form after the war, in part, with the help of donations from members of the US Army.
On April 17, 1945, in the last days of World War II, General Devers US Army gave the order for the city was attacked by artillery. The city was saved by John Jay McCloy, who requested permission to seek the unconditional surrender of the city before the attack. McCloy's mother had visited Rothenburg before the war and had told him of medieval beauty of the city, so McCloy was reluctant to destroy it. The German regional commander rejected the offer, but the biggest Thömmes, commanding the troops of the city, ignored this order and surrendered the city.
Source: Wikipedia.

Model: NIKON D3100
Software: PhotoScape
Exposure Time: 10/12500 sec
F-Stop: f/7.1
ISO Speed Ratings: 400
Focal Length: 22 mm
Date Taken: 2012-07-03 12:36
Metering Mode: Center Weighted Average
File Size: 983 kb

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