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Oberwesel

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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  • flyingscot4's Profile Photo
    Mar 6, 2009 at 10:36 PM

    Thanks for telling me about some of the things of which I have pictures. You also showed me that I missed a lot when I was there a few years ago. Guess I'll have to go back and do it right.

  • Vanity666's Profile Photo
    Dec 9, 2008 at 10:08 AM

    I love towers... especially built in this way. And half-timbered houses are always nice to be seen

  • globetrott's Profile Photo
    Feb 11, 2008 at 12:14 AM

    Oberwesel is in fact a unique place, funny quotation about Viktor Hugo ;-)

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