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Frankfurt History — An Eventful Story

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In the Frankfurt History it has often being told that this city was (and is) considered as the unofficial capital of Germany. It has played a central role in the political history of Germany and the German states for centuries.

From 855 to 1792, Frankfurt was the electoral city for the Emperors of the Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation. During revolution in 1848 and 1849, it became some sort of revolutionary capital. Frankfurt was the seat of the first democratically elected German parliament (Frankfurt Parliament), which met in famous Paulskirche (St. Paul's Church).

Even though the revolution failed, Frankfurt had one more chance in 1949. In the selection process for choosing the West German capital, it lost by a single vote to Bonn. (That reminds me on the decision of the world language, where the German language lost by just a few votes against the English language, remember? wink)

Historical Frankfurt at around 1900
Frankfurt around 1900

An interesting point of the Frankfurt history is the fact that Frankfurt was and is the richest city in Europe. It, of course, has been Germany's financial capital for centuries.

During World War 2, Frankfurt was bombed heavily, and much of its old city was completely destroyed. The city recovered relatively fast after the war, as it was the headquarters of the U.S. American occupying power.


Some interesting and shocking facts, hm? OK, let's walk a bit further... to the Cathedral.

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