Historical Frankfurt


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Archeological Gardens

The Archaeological Gardens, situated between city hall, cathedral and Schirn Art Hall, feature various excavations commenced in 1953. These diggings have uncovered part of a Roman settlement, a Roman sauna as well as the foundations of a Carolingian chapel. The findings, the oldest traces of Frankfurt, were made accessible to the public in 1973.
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Botanical Garden (Palmengarten)

The Palmengarten was founded in 1868 by a group of dedicated Frankfurt citizens. Today, these widely acclaimed botanical gardens are under the care and maintenance of the City of Frankfurt. This superb botanical showcase was originally established thanks to the purchase of the Duke of Nassau's excellent tropical-plant collection. A special greenhouse was erected to house these plants, enabling visitors to meander through a jungle-like tropical environment.
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Carmelite Monastery

The Carmelite Monastery was built from 1246 onwards on the grounds between Münzstrasse, Seckbächerstrasse, Alter Mainzer Strasse and Karmelitergasse. The former Carmelite chapel and the adjacent annexe are now home to the Museum of Archaeology, while the old sections of the monastery house the Institute of City History. The first hall was consecrated in 1270, followed by a rectangular presbytery in 1290.
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Cathedral historical Frankfurt (Dom)

The present-day Frankfurt Cathedral was originally a Carolingian chapel. Although called a cathedral since the 18th century, it never was an episcopal church in the true sense. With the relocation of the coronation ceremonies for Holy Roman kings from Aachen to Frankfurt in 1562, the monastery received the honorary title of "cathedral", which has remained to this day.
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Church of Our Lady (Liebfrauenkirche)

The Liebfrauenkirche, or Church of Our Lady, was erected at the beginning of the 14th century thanks to public funding. The base of the church tower constitutes part of an old fortified tower. The nave suffers from a very low ceiling, which was put in without much consideration directly after World War II. One of Frankfurt's least known and yet most significant works of art is situated on the south side of the church, Madern Gerthener's tympanum.
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City walls

The old city walls may no longer be standing, but most people would say that the five-kilometre-long green belt forming a semi-circle around the old town centre between the upper and lower Main embankments is a more than adequate replacement. These narrow parklands run along the former course of the mediaeval city walls, which were abraded and landscaped in the early 19th century. The city's one-time line of defence was thus transformed into a beautiful inner-city landscape.
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DomRömer Project - Reconstruction of Frankfurt’s Old Town

People walking across the Römerberg on their way to the Emperor’s Cathedral will automatically find themselves facing a gigantic construction site. What’s happening here in the heart of Frankfurt’s old town, passers-by may ask. The approximately 7,000-square-metre area in the heart of Frankfurt’s old town is being reconstructed on the basis of the original blueprints of the quarter. Once completed, it will comprise nearly 30 townhouses.
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Emperor's Hall inside the Roemer

The Emperor's Hall inside the Roemer in its former glory, was once the site of the coronation banquets of 10 German emperors and countless civic functions. Its walls were lined with the 19th Century portraits of 52 German Emperors beginning with Charlemagne (crowned 800) and ending with the last Emperor Franz II, (who abdicated in 1806). The "Kaisersaal" has been rebuilt along stark modernistic lines.
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Fountain of Justice

Artists: Johann Hocheisen / F. R. Schierholz
Erected in: 1610 / 1887Artists: Johann Hocheisen / F. R. Schierholz Erected in: 1610 / 1887 The original stone sculpture - honouring Justitia, the female champion of justice brandishing sword and scales - was reproduced in bronze in 1887 and stands in front of city hall.
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Art Culture Frankfurt

Fountain of Myth (Märchenbrunnen)

"Fairy-Tale Fountain", Frankfurt's most beautiful art-nouveau fountain, is situated in a small green belt alongside the Municipal Theatre near downtown's Willy-Brand-Platz. The water nymph, a fabled female figure adorning the fountain's middle, was created to resemble a beautiful Frankfurt baker's daughter.
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