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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the term Franconia commonly refers to the eastern part of the historic Duchy of Franconia in Germany, mainly represented by the Bavarian administrative districts of Lower Franconia (Unterfranken, capital city: Würzburg), Middle Franconia (Mittelfranken, capital city: Ansbach), and Upper Franconia (Oberfranken, capital city: Bayreuth). Due to the respective local East Franconian German dialects, the adjacent northeastern parts of the Heilbronn-Franken region in Baden-Württemberg, parts of Thuringia south of the Rennsteig ridge, and a small part of Hesse (Gersfeld) also count as Franconian regions.

The two largest cities of Franconia are Nuremberg and Würzburg. Though located on the southeastern periphery of the area, the Nuremberg metropolitan area is often identified as the economic and cultural centre of Franconia.

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source: Family History Library Catalog

Franken is a historical region.

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