Zons is first documented around the middle of the 7th century and was initially only a Fronhof of the Archbishops of Cologne. Archaeological finds from the 7th century indicate a settlement in Zons dating back to the Merovingian Age, the exact location of which is still unclear.
In 1372 the Archbishop of Cologne Friedrich III. the Rhine toll from Neuss to Zons. To protect the customs post, the construction of the Friedestrom Castle customs fortress began in 1373. In December of the same year Zons was promoted to town. The planned construction of the customs fortress with city wall was probably completed by the 15th century.
The small town only had 124 house spaces. Haus Bürgel and Zons originally belonged together ecclesiastically and judicially. A small baptistery was not built in Zons until 1423, the main and full church remained unchanged from the church in Bürgel, which, however, was now on the other right bank of the Rhine due to the Rhine shifts at the end of the 14th century. Since visiting the church was very difficult due to the location on the right bank of the Rhine, in 1593 the baptistery was elevated to a parish church with all rights.
When the Left Bank of the Rhine was taken over by French revolutionary troops in 1794, membership of the Electorate of Cologne ended; Zons became French. With the Treaty of Lunéville in 1801, the entire area on the left bank of the Rhine was incorporated into France under international law.
In 1815 Zons became part of the Prussian state territory, and around 1900 it became a popular excursion destination.
Excerpts from de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stadt_Zons
January 3, 2021
ons is located on the Lower Rhine near Dormagen in the Rhine district of Neuss, almost exactly in the middle between Düsseldorf and Cologne and welcomes more than 700,000 visitors annually, and the trend is rising. On the other side of the Rhine is Düsseldorf-Urdenbach. The two places are also connected by a ferry across the Rhine. Zons am Rhein is one of the few uniquely preserved medieval cities with a very well-preserved fortification from the 14th century, and is therefore often called the Rothenburg of the Rhineland.
June 10, 2021
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