Memmingen mĕm´ĭng-ən [key], city (1994 pop. 40,222), Bavaria, S Germany. Manufactures include metal products, textiles, electrical machinery, beer, and chemicals. It is also a rail junction. Historically a Swabian town, Memmingen was first mentioned in the early 12th cent. and became a free imperial city in 1286. The Twelve Articles of the Peasantry (1525) were drawn up there during the Peasants' War . Memmingen passed to Bavaria in 1803. Parts of the city's 15th-century walls and gates remain. There are also two 15th-century Gothic churches, a 16th-century city hall, and the 16th-century Fugger House.

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