Saturday, July 9, 2011
Germany - Day 15 - Seligenstadt am Main
Today we visited the ancient city of Seligenstadt am Main. The city is built on the site of a Roman fort that was manned by 500 Legionaires around 100 AD.......that nearly 2,000 years ago. The photo below is of the Einhard-Basilika. Construction on the Basilika began in 830 AD. As with so many of the older buildings, it has been restored and added to over the centuries.
In the gold box are the relics (bones) of Saints Marcellinus and Peter which were brought from Rome.
Adjoining the Basilika is the former Benedictine Abby. The Abby was first built in 815 AD. They still maintain the Abby gardens as a public park.
The Abby was destroyed by the Swedes during the 30 Years War. It was rebuilt in 1658.
While some hate to see a historic site like this commercialized, the money generated is what keeps the site maintained for posterity.
The May Pole is still decorated in the Square.
The Romanisches House is just off the Square. It was built in 1187.