|These last Franciscans in high spirits will soon be "flying home" (Photo ©Badische Zeitung)|
Note the beautiful park in the background.
*Usually when you see men wearing white socks in sandals you can be sure that those guys are Germans.
Count Konrad had endowed the ordo fratrum minorum (OFM) with a chapel located opposite to the city hall consecrated to St. Martin plus four standard plots of 100 times 50 feet (possibly 5% longer than the modern foot). Here the friars minor built their monastery and had the chapel enlarged to a church in 1317. While the church still exists the south wing of the cloister was demolished in 1846 to make room for a bigger square in front of the city hall, subsequently called Franziskanerplatz. When the Nazis seized power in Freiburg on March 31, 1933, the undemocratically installed mayor Franz (sic!) Kerber did not like residing on Franciscan Square and had it renamed Rathausplatz (City Hall Square).
After the war most streets and squares the Nazis had renamed got their original names back with two notable exceptions. Freiburg's central street before 1933 known as Kaiserstraße was renamed into Kaiser-Joseph-Straße reminiscent of the Habsburg rule. The city by all means wanted to avoid any allusion to the last Prussian Emperor Wilhelm. The Rathausplatz however kept its name. This was somehow far-sighted for about a year ago the Dominicans took over the original Franciscan premises.
The following photo shows the corner of the St. Martin's church and what is left of the now glazed cloister. In this very corner a stage will be mounted on the occasion of Freiburg's Partnership Market on June 7 and 8. The city of Madison will be the guest of honor for this year we are celebrating the Silver Jubilee of the partnership between our two cities.
|A quiet corner in Freiburg|