The Fuggerei in Augsburg

The Fuggerei in Augsburg

The world’s oldest social housing complex still in use. It is a walled enclave within the city of Augsburg, Bavaria. It takes its name from the Fugger family and was founded in 1516 by Jakob Fugger the Younger as a place where the needy citizens of Augsburg could be housed.

The main entrance of  the housing complex / Image: memolands.com
The conditions to live there remain the same as they were 500 years ago / Image: memolands.com
Exhibition apartment / Image: memolands.com

The Fuggerei was first built between 1514 and 1523 under the supervision of the architect Thomas Krebs, and in 1582 Hans Holl added St. Mark’s Church to the settlement. Expanded further in 1880 and 1938, the Fuggerei today comprises 67 houses with 147 apartments, a well, and an administrative building.

The Fuggerei was heavily damaged by the bombings of Augsburg during World War II, but has been rebuilt in its original style.

Exhibition in World War II air raid shelter / Image: memolands.com
Exhibition in World War II air raid shelter / Image: memolands.com
Exhibition in World War II air raid shelter / Image: memolands.com

Featured Image: Housing units in the area consist of 45 to 65 square metre / Image: memolands.com

Websites: fugger.de



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