Friday, November 11, 2016

Nuremberg Fun Fact, take 1

In 1349, Bohemian King and soon-to-be Holy Roman Emperor Charles IV gave Nuremberg's city elders permission to raze the city's Jewish quarter.

Although the Jews had been paying a protection tax to the good king Charles, he wanted to shore up the city's support for his selection as Holy Roman Emperor. So he let them unleash a pogrom that demolished the Jewish quarter and its synagogue, and burned alive nearly 600 Jews in order to make way for a market.

 Besides, the Jews were probably spreading Black Death anyway.

In place of the former synagogue now stands the Frauenkirche, a large gothic church and the Hauptmarket--a large market that holds a famous Christmas market.

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