One of my favorite things about living in this city is all the strange little bits of history that surround me. I’ve written before about how Johannes Kepler lived here, and about how there’s a section of Roman fortress wall next to the McDonalds. The last Pope taught theology at the University here.
Napoleon Bonaparte also spent some time here after the Battle Of Regensburg which was fought between the Austrians and the invading French in 1809. Napoleon was wounded during the battle, shot in his left ankle. According to local legend, he recovered for a short while here before moving on to Vienna.
This sign is on the corner of my street, mounted on the front of the building. I pass it every day, as I leave my apartment. It says, “Hier ift Napoleon I am 23 April 1809 bei der Beschießung der Stadt verwundet worden.”
Translated it means, “Here Napoleon Bonaparte was wounded in the bombardment of the city on April 23, 1809.”
Yup, I live on the street where Napoleon was shot in the foot. History is amazing!
Does your city have any interesting historical significance?