That is the cathedral's borough.

As I have already mentioned, Passau was ruled by the bishop.

That is why there are so many prestigious buildings in such a small town.

And I thought that it was due to the Baroque and Rococo.

That is not completely wrong.

In 1662 the city was nearly completely burnt down.

Like a Phoenix rises from the ashes, the city has risen to new beauty after the reconstruction.

Did the barbarians invade the city?

No, a chef.

Why chef?

It was said, that on Spring evening a chef was heating oil to bake crullers.

When she prepared the dough, the oil got too hot and ignited.

Then everything happened pretty quickly.

First the house was on fire then the whole city.

The flames were so high and flying sparks were so big that buildings on the opposite side of the river caught fire.

It must have been a horrible spectacle.

Reportably 20 percent of the building survived.

How many people died is uncertain.

How was this possible?

There were many reasons.

First, medieval cities were closely built.

Many was made of wood, although in comparison to other towns Passau had many stone buildings.

It was dry and there was a strong wind, which fanned the fire.

Man! I get goose bumps, when I visualize this.

Could there have been something done?

That is difficult to say, but Passau had introduced some innovations as a consequence.

For example fire division walls were built between the buildings.

The roofs were so designed that rain could be collected there, so that in an emergency fire spreading could be contained.

Besides a fire protection regulations were also set up.

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