Photographer's Note

Hello friends and colleagues, today I offer you this composition with one of the interesting doors of this beautiful German city that I visited again, I hope you like it and visit it in the future, then some letters about the city.

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

In 970 the parish of Detwang, today a district of the city, was created, and then the Grafenburg castle oberhalb der Tauber was built, from where the designation "ob der Tauber" originates and which means "over the river Tauber". This castle was destroyed by the earthquake of 1356. The city was elevated to the rank of Free Imperial City between 1170 and 1240. The most prominent figure of the medieval era of Rothenburg was Heinrich Toppler (ca. 1340-1408), who with his energetic politics 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 fact gave rise to the traditional annual celebration of the Meistertrunk (master drink), with an allegorical piece. According to tradition, Tilly took prisoners from city councilors, condemned them to death and ordered that the city be burned. The mayor of Rothenburg gave him as a welcome offering wine served in a magnificent and colorful glass of 3¼ liters. Tilly, slightly placated by the gesture, offered to respect the integrity of the city if someone was able to drink the wine from the jug in one gulp. The mayor, Georg Nusch, volunteered for the attempt, and to the amazement of everyone and in particular 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 tourist destination of English and French. During the Weimar Republic Rothenburg became a strong supporter of the Nazi party. In the elections of 1933 the citizens of Rothenburg gave the Nazis 83% of the votes.

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

Model: NIKON D3100
Software: PhotoScape
Exposure Time: 10/12500 sec
F-Stop: f/5.0
ISO Speed Ratings: 400
Focal Length: 18 mm
Date Taken: 2014-07-04 16:16
Metering Mode: Center Weighted Average
File Size: 689 k

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