Peasants' War Monument, Bad Frankenhausen, Germany
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Bernd das Brot Team
N 51° 21.250 E 011° 06.077
32U E 646314 N 5691307
Quick Description: Memorial for the largest uprising in Europe prior to the French Revolution.
Location: Thüringen, Germany
Date Posted: 3/29/2013 9:27:13 AM
Waymark Code: WMGPQB
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Torgut
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Long Description:

The German Peasants’ War of 1525 was a widespread uprising of peasants against aristocracy. It was Europe's largest uprising prior to the French Revolution of 1789.

The decisive battle of the war was fought on May 15, 1525 on a field near Frankenhausen. Poorly armed peasants faced an army of well equipped mercenaries and the battle soon turned into a massacre. Legends report “Blood running down the hills like rivers.”

An indication of the superiority of the Armies of the dukes Philip I of Hesse and George of Wettin is, that about 10,000 peasant fighters were slaughtered, while the mercenaries lost just six men.

This monument is located in Frankenhausen, in front of the city’s Regional Museum. It illustrates the brutality of those dark ages and the suffering of the peasants by showing a vast array of torture instruments and weapons.

War: German Peasants' War of 1525

Is it permanently accessible to the public?: yes

Is it necessary to pay a fee to gain access to the place?: no

Year of the memorial or monument: Not listed

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