Mühlhausen

Mühlhausen mülhou´zən [key] or Mühlhausen in Thüringen mülhou´zən ĭn tür´ĭng-ən [key], city (1994 pop. 39,906), Thuringia, central Germany, on the Unstrut River. It is a major center for the manufacture of textiles, leather, wood, and metal products. Barite is mined nearby. Fortified (10th cent.) by Henry I, Mühlhausen was a favorite residence of the German rulers. It was made a free imperial city in 1180 and later (13th cent.) joined the Hanseatic League . It became (16th cent.) an Anabaptist center and was dominated during the Peasants' War by Thomas Münzer , who was executed there in 1525. Mühlhausen changed hands several times before passing in 1815 to Prussia. Noteworthy structures of the city include several Gothic churches, a 17th-century city hall, medieval fortifications, and many houses dating from the 16th, 17th, and 18th cent.

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