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Like so many other towns in this area the origins of Oberwesel can be traced back to Celtic settlements. Oberwesel was originally founded as "Vosavia" or "Volsolvia". Later the Romans maintained a horse exchanging station and a harborage at this place. After the coming down of the Limes (German equivalent to Hadrian's Wall) and the withdrawal of the Roman troops, Oberwesel became a fiefdom of the Frankish royal dynasty. In 1220 the title "free imperial city" was bestowed upon Oberwesel (free cities had independent representation in the Reichstag of the Holy Roman Empire). The importance of Oberwesel in the Middle Ages also expresses in the establishment of 2 bishoprics as well as 2 monasteries at the municipal area.
During the War of the Palatine Succession at the end of the 17th century Oberwesel was partly destroyed by troops of the French "Sun King" Louis XIV. The town remained under French reign until 1815 when, in the course of the Congress of Vienna, it became Prussian again.
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