Place:Franken, Bayern, Germany


Alt namesFranconiasource: Canby, Historic Places (1984) I, 309; Webster's Geographical Dictionary (1988) p 414
TypeHistorical region
Coordinates50°N 90°E
Located inBayern, Germany

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Franconia is a region in southern Germany, characterised by its culture and language, and may be roughly associated with the areas in which the East Franconian dialect group, colloquially referred to as "Franconian" (German: "Fränkisch"), is spoken. Because of this, the region can be roughly associated with the three administrative regions of Lower, Middle, and Upper Franconia in the state of Bavaria. Also part of the cultural region of Franconia are the adjacent Franconian-speaking region of South Thuringia, as well as Heilbronn-Franconia in the state of Baden-Württemberg, and small parts of the state of Hesse.

The German word Franken also refers to the ethnic group of Franconians. They are to be distinguished from the Germanic tribe of the Franks, of whom they are but one descendant. The origins of Franconia as a cultural region begins with the settlement of Franks in the Main river area from the 6th century onwards, later becoming known as East Francia (Francia Orientalis).[1] In the Middle Ages the region formed much of the eastern part of the Duchy of Franconia and, beginning in 1500, the Franconian Circle. After the demise of the Holy Roman Empire following the Napoleonic Wars and the subsequent German mediatisation, most of Franconia was placed under administration of the emerging Kingdom of Bavaria.

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Franken is a historical region.

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