Town of Bamberg (1993)

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From the 10th century onwards, this town became an important link with the Slav peoples, especially those of Poland and Pomerania. During its period of greatest prosperity, from the 12th century onwards, the architecture of Bamberg strongly influenced northern Germany and Hungary. In the late 18th century it was the centre of the Enlightenment in southern Germany, with eminent philosophers and writers such as Hegel and Hoffmann living there.
  • Germany 1996. Bamberg, UNESCO Cultural Heritage Site. 

Germany 1996. Panoramic view of Bamberg.

Germany 1978. Europa Stamp. The old town hall in Bamberg.

Bamberg is a city in south central Germany, in Bavaria, on the Regnitz River. The city is famous for its many fine examples of German architecture from the 15th through the 17th century. Bamberg is the site of an 11th-century cathedral and two episcopal palaces. A bishopric since 1007 and an archbishopric since 1802, Bamberg was ruled by bishop princes from the 13th century until 1801. It was annexed by Bavaria the following year. 
  • Germany 1978. Europa Stamp. The old town hall in Bamberg. 
The impressive Bamberg Cathedral in the Bishopric of Bamberg was founded in 1007 by King Heinrich II, and consecrated in 1012. 

Art historians consider the Bamberg Cathedral to be one of the most mportant Christian buildings in Europe, containing art works in late Romanesque and early Gothic style by such renowned artists as Tilman Biemenschneider, Veit Stoss and Lucas Cranach. 

In 1046 the second bishop of Bamberg, Suidger, was elected Pope Clemens II. His tomb is the only papal tomb in northern Europe, north of the Alps. 

Information by German Post AG, freely translated by the webmaster. 

  • Germany 2007. Bamberg Cathedral. Image by courtesy of Peter Smeets (Belgium). 

Germany 2007. Bistum Bamberg (Bamberg Cathedral)

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Other World Heritage Sites in Germany (on this site). Inactive links are not described on stamps. Please refer to the UNESCO-listing, section Germany for further information about such sites. 

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