- The “Imperial Cities” of the Thuringian Basin, even when not officially independent, were able assert tremendous cultural influence due to their wealth.
- Thuringian Classicism as reflected by the legacy of Saxe-Weimar and the dominance of the Biedermeyer style in the region’s cities.
- The capital cities of the Saxon Duchies, each with their own traditions and styles, e.g. Weimar, Coburg, Rudolstadt and etc.
There are two Thuringias, one refers to the ethnolinguistic region associated with the Thuringian tribe. This region was once rather large, but it encompassed a much different area than today. Originally focused on the Thuringian Basin near the ancient capital of Eisenach, it also included all of Northern Hessen. Today this relationship can still be seen in the coat of arms for the two states. With the collapse of the Thuringian state in the 14th century, Hessen went its own way, and the Saxon Wettin dynasty took control.
The second region refers to the more modern, but political region of Thuringia. The Wettin family would, over the course of several centuries, face various phases of unity and disunity, war and conflict. During this period the, capital of Electoral Saxony moved to Leipzig and the Saxon Thuringian holdings fell to a cadet branch, which splintered multiple times. Many of these smaller dynasties added new lands to the Saxon realm, including the largely Franconian bits of southern Thuringia. This is why the city of Coburg today belongs to the state of Bavaria, which voted to rejoin Franconia in the 1920s.
- Accommodation: 8
- Transportation: 10
- Volume/Capacity: 10
- Infrastructure: 8
- Interactivity: 8
- Context: 8
- Monuments: 10
- Quality: 9
- Abstraction: 8
- Tradition: 8