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Frankfurt am Main city in west central Germany in Hessen a port on the Main River It is a major manufacturing financial commercial and transportation center served by rail lines and the Rhine-Main Airport the most important in Germany Manufactures include machinery electrical equipment chemicals notably in the Hchst district pharmaceuticals motor vehicles clothing and printed materials International trade fairs including the worlds largest annual book fair are held in the city Frankfurt is divided into an old town or Altstadt bordering the river and a new town or Neustadt north of the older section The old town inhabited mainly by tradespeople and skilled artisans retains many medieval characteristics The new town contains the business quarter and the most important public buildings A cluster of Gothic houses the Rmer was used as the town hall for nearly 500 years It forms the nucleus of the Rmerberg a square flanked by medieval houses of various dates Other places of interest are the Leinwandhaus or linen drapers hall of the 14th century the Eschenheimer Turm a tower once part of the citys old fortifications the palace of the princes of Thurn and Taxis which was the meeting place of the diet of the German Confederation from 1816 to 1866 and the house now a museum where the German poet and writer Johann Wolfgang von Goethe spent his youth The diarist Anne Frank was born in Frankfurt The outstanding church of Frankfurt is the Cathedral of Saint Bartholomew It was constructed in the 13th century on the site of a 9th-century church and was the seat of the elections of emperors of the Holy Roman Empire and after 1562 of the imperial coronations Also notable are Saint Pauls Church 18th-19th century where the Frankfurt Parliament the first German national assembly met from 1848 to 1849 Saint Leonards Church 15th-16th century and Saint Michaels Church 1953 Seven museums make up the Museum Embankment a major construction project
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