Kramer Bridge in Erfurt

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     The Krämer Bridge in Erfurt is an old medieval bridge over the Gera River covered by  thirty-eight inhabited half-timber houses and popular stores with a pedestrian zone running down the center and a church on either end.  It is called the Krämerbrücke in German: Krämer (alternately spelled Kraemer) means Merchant or Seller of Small Goods and Brücke (Bruecke) means Bridge.  So the Krämerbrückemeans Merchant’s Bridge. And true […]

Religious Variety in 18th Century Frankfurt

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Religious variety reflected the composition of the population.  The Jews led their own religious life within their ghetto (200 houses and a synagogue), whose two gates were shut every night until 1796.  The three Christian denominations of the Holy Roman Empire were all prominent, though in different ways.  It was popularly said, that in Frankfurt, the Catholics had […]