We're in Hall-in-Tirol, east and downriver in Innbruck, admiring the general view of the town. From left to right are the towers of the parish church, the Hasegg castle with its Munzetürm, a convent, and the Jesuit church.|
Hall is a medieval town that celebrated its formal 700th anniversary in 2003, but its history goes much farther back. Salt mines gave the town its name ("hals" was the celtic word for salt and also survives in the mineral name "halite" for NaCl), and they provided an economic resource until the salt mines above Hall finally closed in the 1900s. In the middle ages, Hall also had a mint, largely to coin the silver from mines in Schwaz, just down the river. It was here that the first large silver coins, called "thalers" after the Innthal, were minted, and their name survives in the "dollar" of modern times. Hall was also a transit point, in that a boom across the river to catch logs sent from upstream also forced all boats going upriver to stop and unload their wares here. The result was a very prosperous medieval town with many medieval landmarks surviving to today.
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