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Seligenstadt has many visitors, thanks to the former Benedictine monastery with the Einhard basilica. In 815 Einhard, the tutor, biographer and consultant to Charlemagne, founded the Franconian settlement Obermulinheim. Seligenstadt, which became a "freie Reichsstadt" in 1307, boomed with trade and commerce in the Middle Ages. Historic handicraft markets that still take place today are a reminder of this past. Well-tended timber frame houses enhance the historic Old Town.

Region: Obergermanischer Limes

Roman Period

The cohort fort, which today lies beneath the Old Town north of the former Benedictine monastery, was the northernmost fort at the Main Limes. An expansive civil settlement surrounded the fort that was located on a raised terrace. The find of an inscription indicates that markets were regularly held here in Roman times. Pottery finds show that the area was resettled after the Roman troops retreated around 260 AD.
Stones from the decayed fort were used to build the Benedictine monastery.


Gemeinde Seligenstadt

Staatliche Schlösser Hessen: Seligenstadt

Seligenstadt, market place
Former Benedictine abbey in Seligenstadt, entrance to Maingasse
Einhard Monastery Seligenstadt
Tourist information bureau in Einhard-Haus, Seligenstadt
1 Seligenstadt, market place © Boundary Productions, Photo Eric Dobat 2 Former Benedictine abbey in Seligenstadt, entrance to Maingasse © Photo Eva Kuttner, Linz 3 Einhard Monastery Seligenstadt © Photo Eva Kuttner, Linz 4 Tourist information bureau in Einhard-Haus, Seligenstadt © Photo Eva Kuttner, Linz

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