This morning we left Rothenburg and drove
to 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
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
We will had a tour of the city including the
and watched the mechanical figures of the Glockenspiel.