Bad Frankenhausen is a small, but historically important town situated within the Kyffhäuser hills in Thuringia, East Germany. In 1525, it was here that the radical preacher and doomsday prophet Thomas Müntzer initiated one of the last bloody battles fought during the German peasant war. To commemorate this event, a cylindrical building housing the monumental painting Early Bourgeois Revolution in Germany was erected in the hills overlooking the town. Originally commissioned by the East German state of the GDR, painter Werner Tübke created the impressive work of art with more than 3,000 individual figures between 1983 and 1987.

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