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Großostheim is a market community in the Aschaffenburg (Aschaffenburg vacation rentals | Aschaffenburg travel guide) district in the Regierungsbezirk of Lower Franconia (Unterfranken) in Bavaria, Germany. The inhabitants call themselves Aistmer.
Großostheim lies on the northeast edge of the Odenwald in the Bavarian Lower Main (Bayerischer Untermain) region. Clockwise from the north, these are the community of Stockstadt, the district-free town of Aschaffenburg, the community of Niedernberg, the community of Mömlingen (both in Miltenberg (Miltenberg vacation rentals | Miltenberg travel guide) district) and the community of Schaafheim (Schaafheim vacation rentals | Schaafheim travel guide) (Darmstadt-Dieburg). Together with Stockstadt am Main and the neighbouring Hessian community of Schaafheim, the market community forms the historic Bachgau region.
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The Catholic Saints Peter’s and Paul’s parish church (St. Peter und Paul) holds a “Lamentation of Christ” by Tilman Riemenschneider (1515), which is iconographically and stylistically akin to earlier work at the Hessenthal Pilgrimage Church.
Housed today in the timber-frame Nöthig-Gut at the marketplace, a former feudal estate held by the Mainz (Mainz vacation rentals | Mainz travel guide) cathedral provosts (1537-1629), is the Bachgaumuseum. The exhibits display regional crafts and agriculture in the 19th century, with a local emphasis.
Timber-frame houses from the 16th to 18th centuries characterize the whole core of the community, on the marketplace, Marktgasse, Kanzleistraße, Haarstraße and Breite Straße. With 148 houses under monumental protection (as at 2007), Großostheim is thereby a leader in the Aschaffenburg (Aschaffenburg vacation rentals | Aschaffenburg travel guide) district.
Of the town fortifications torn down in the 19th century, all that has been left standing is the Spitzer Turm (“Sharp Tower”, a prison tower with a dungeon), the Stumpfer Turm (“Blunt Tower”, the powder tower), the Hexenturm (“Witches’ Tower”, in which in 1602 and 1603 eleven women fell victim to the rife witchhunt madness in Electoral Mainz) and a small remnant of the formerly 2 km-long town wall on Grabenstraße.
Three chapels stand in Großostheim. A local farrier, Peter Drippel, built one of these in 1517 and it was consecrated to the patron saint of his craft, Saint Eligius. The so-called Frauhäuschen is a chapel sacred to Mary (late 15th century). The most important piece of decoration at the Kreuzkapelle (“Cross Chapel”) is a Crucifixion scene by Hans Backoffen, a late work from 1513.
In the constituent community of Pflaumheim stands the oldest town hall in the Bachgau. The timber-frame building, restored in 1981, comes from 1548. A stylistically similar town hall building from 1584 is found in the constituent community of Wenigumstadt.
Großostheim lies on the Einhardsweg. This 77 km-long hiking and cycling trail follows Charlemagne’s biographer Einhard’s footsteps, running from Bad König to Hanau (Hanau vacation rentals | Hanau travel guide).
Thirty-six Bildstöcke (sing. Bildstock – a cross-shaped or columnar pillar functioning as a wayside shrine) from the 16th to 18th centuries stand along the hiking and cycling trails right nearby.
Filmed in Großostheim from 1987 to 1989 was the television series "Mit Leib und Seele" with the popular actor Günter Strack in the main rôle. However, the community was known in the show as Eberfeld.
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More about the History of Grossostheim
The constituent community of Pflaumheim, despite lying right near the significant centre of Ostheim (Ostheim vacation rentals | Ostheim travel guide), had always been an independent community. It did, however, belong ecclesiastically as a branch parish to the parish of St. Peter and Paul in Großostheim. Only in 1923 did Pflaumheim, with its Kirche St. Luzia (church) become an independent parish. In 1994, Pflaumheim’s 1,200-year jubilee was celebrated, as in 794 the Pflaumgau, and in the same era Pflaumheim itself, were named in documents handed down from the Lorsch (Lorsch vacation rentals | Lorsch travel guide) and Fulda (Fulda vacation rentals | Fulda travel guide) Abbeys.
The market community of Großostheim, as a greater community, is made up of the constituent communities of Großostheim, Ringheim, Pflaumheim and Wenigumstadt. While Ringheim has always been part of Großostheim, the other two places, Pflaumheim and Wenigumstadt, have only been as much since municipal reform on 1 May 1978.
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