The Münsterplatz is
the physical and spiritual heart of Freiburg's Altstadt. The Münster
(left) was begun in 1200 A.D. and took more than 300 years to complete. It was a
parish church until 1821, when Freiburg acquired an archbishop and the church
became a cathedral. Whether by luck or divine intervention, the Münster was
undamaged by the many wars and seiges that took place over the centuries,
including the Allied bombing that destroyed much of Freiburg's Altstadt on
November 27, 1944.
In the distance, behind the old guardhouse known as the
Wache (now a showroom for Baden wines), you can see the
is part of Germany's Black Forest.
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