Wednesday, July 19, 2017

July 12 
This morning we left Rothenburg and drove to Augsburg.  Augsburg was founded in 15 BC by the Romans.  For centuries it has been a university town and a center of trade as well.  It was here in 1518 where Luther had met the papal legate who demanded Luther to submit to the pope.  It is most famous as the location where the doctrinal statement of the new Lutheran Church, the Augsburg Confession, was presented to the Imperial Diet in 1530. 

 We had a guided tour which included the Fuggerie where we had lunch. The Fuggerei is the world's oldest social housing complex still in use. It is a walledenclave within the city of Augusburg.  It takes its name from the Fugger family as a place where the needy citizens of Augsburg could be housed. By 1523, 52 houses had been built, and in the coming years the area expanded with various streets, small squares and a church. The gates were locked at night, so the Fuggerei was, in its own right, very similar to a small independent medieval town. It is still inhabited today, affording it the status of being the oldest social housing project in the world. The cost to live there is about $1 per year.

 Late this afternoon we will drove to Munich.  We will had a tour of the city including the famous Marienplatz and watched the mechanical figures of the Glockenspiel.

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