Frankfurt am Main commonly known as Frankfurt, is the largest city in the German state of Hesse and the fifth-largest city in Germany, with a 2011 population of 700.000. The city is at the centre of the larger Frankfurt Rhine-Main Metropolitan Region. Frankfurt is the financial and transportation centre of Germany and the largest financial centre in continental Europe. It is seat of the European Central Bank, the German Federal Bank, the Frankfurt Stock Exchange and the Frankfurt Trade Fair, as well as several large commercial banks, e.g. Deutsche Bank, Commerzbank and DZ Bank. Frankfurt Airport is one of the world's busiest international airports, Frankfurt Central Station is one of the largest terminal stations in Europe, and the Frankfurter Kreuz is one of the most heavily used Autobahn interchanges in Europe. Frankfurt lies in the former American Occupation Zone of Germany, and it was formerly the headquarters city of the U.S. Army in Germany. Frankfurt is an international centre for finance, commerce, culture, transport, education and tourism. It is therefore considered an alpha world city as listed by the Loughborough University group's 2010 inventory. It was ranked 10th among global cities by the Global Power City Index 2011, 11th by the Global City Competitiveness Index 2012 and 8th among international financial centers by the International Financial Centers Development Index 2011. In 2011, the human-resource-consulting firm Mercer ranked Frankfurt as seventh in its annual "Quality of Living" survey of cities around the world. It is Germany’s most expensive city, and the 10th most expensive in the world.
The goddess Justitia, who adorns the Fountain of Justice on the Römerberg, sees many things, and she herself appears in countless tourist photos and wedding pictures. The first Fountain of Justice in front of the Römer was inaugurated in 1543 – a monument to the city’s self-image. In 1611, the sculptor Johann Hocheisen created the current eight-cornered fountain and the figure from red sandstone. It is the oldest fountain in Frankfurt. Since the coronation of Emperor Matthias in 1612, water has flowed from the breasts of 4 water nymphs on the corners of the statue’s pedestal as a symbol of fertility. At the coronation celebration, wine flowed from the fountain, and residents of the city crowded around it. After the Thirty Years War and again in the 19th century, the fountain and the statue needed to be replaced. The current Justitia, which is made of bronze, was funded by a Frankfurt wine merchant. Her eyes are not bound, and she holds up scales and a sword. She is in excellent condition. Here, at the Fountain of Justice, the midpoint of the city centre, people from Frankfurt and visitors from all over the world meet and make plans.
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