Wednesday, April 17, 2024

GERMANY ~ Classical Weimar - UNESCO ~

...Nice views of a city packed with culture and history... Weimar is one of Germany’s most precious gems... it represented the world of ideas during the enlightened era... three of the countries most famous writers, Schiller, Goethe and Herder lived and worked here... composer Liszt and Wagner turned it into a centre of music... and it is the also birthplace of the Bauhaus university which was the leading force behind most of the arts & design changes of the 20thC... walking through Classical Weimar, you can’t help feeling like you are in some place special... Thanks Sabine! ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

The first references to Weimar date back to 899. During the Middle Ages, Weimar expanded around a wooden castle and two small churches. In the 15thC, a town hall and the current main church appeared. The castle and the walls were completed in the 16thC, making Weimar a "real" town. 

 In the period from 1919 to 1933, Weimar became the political capital of Germany. This was due to the street riots in Berlin after the German Revolution in 1918. Years later, the opponents of the government in particular renamed Germany the "Weimar Republic". In 1920, the federal state of Thuringia was founded. Weimar became the capital of this state.

The Classical Weimar was added to the list of UNESCO sites in Germany in 1998. It has 12 UNESCO listed sites part of Classical Weimar and then yet more UNESCO sites associated with the Bauhaus movement.


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