Fortunately, however, the city also has a rich history, having at one time being the site of election and coronation of the Holy Roman Emperors who had the tricky job of attempting to rule the conglomeration of German-speaking nations, dukedoms and free imperial cities – of which Frankfurt was one – and other miscellaneous lands outside what is now Germany. The coronations took place in the Frankfurter Dom (Cathedral) on the Römerberg. The combination of old (although much rebuilt after massive WW2 bombing) and new gives lots of attractive photographic possibilities.Apart from this, Frankfurt like all German cities, is a wonderful cultural centre and my initial reason for heading there was the opportunity to hear the wonderful American soprano Angela Meade singing in a performance of Giacomo Puccini’s early opera Edgar at the Frankfurt Oper. While there I also attended a concert of Bach and Handel in the rebuilt Alte Oper – Frankfurt’s original opera house. Frankfurt was also the birthplace and youthful home of Johann Wolfgang Goethe, Germany’s pre-eminent literary figure and author of Faust, The Sorrows of Young Werther and Wilhelm Meister’s Apprenticeship, as well as works on science and biology.
The presence of the River Main means that there are several of one of my favourite photographic subjects – bridges! The internal architecture of the newly built shopping centre on the Zeil, Frankfurt’s main shopping street also proved an interesting photographic subject.
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