It is a deed of gift that gives Faaborg and the south of Funen as a morning present to Eleanor of Portugal, from Valdemar II to his daughter-in-law.
Although it is not known when the settlement was established, it appears Faaborg had already received privileges as a market town in the 13th century.
A few new industries emerged in food processing and metal working but tourism and services became the leading areas of growth. Plougs Gård on Vestergade, built around 1790, is one of the finest buildings in the town with its Neoclassical facade.By road, Faaborg is located 42 kilometres (26 mi) southwest of Odense, 27 kilometres (17 mi) north-northwest of Svendborg, and roughly 70 kilometres (43 mi) southeast of Middelfart, depending upon the route.With its busy port, narrow streets and attractive old houses, the town is popular with tourists, particularly in the summer months.Faaborg was formerly the seat of Faaborg municipality. Both municipalities use(d) Faaborg's medieval coat of arms.in a document located in the French National Archives in Paris dated 25 June 1229.
Jesper Ploug made his fortune in shipping during the American Wars of Independence (1776—1783) Faaborg Church (Helligåndskirken) is an old monastery church dating from 1477.It formed the south wing of the now demolished Helligåndskloster belonging to the Order of the Holy Ghost from which it gets its name.Located on a promontory surrounded by water on three sides, the site was further protected by a moat and a town wall. Around 1477, a monastery was established which over the years acquired most of the property in the town and its surroundings.With 50 employees, Dansk Vin- og Konservesfabrik (wine and canning) was the main business but traditional crafts and trading continued while the harbour was also enlarged.
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