Founded in 1496, Annaberg was the first mining town to be built as a planned town in the second period of silver mining in the Erzgebirge. The earnings from silver mining enabled the construction of important religious and secular buildings, like the Miners’ Church of St. Marien, the town hall or magnificent town houses. One splendid built monument is the Hall Church of St. Annen, which houses numerous cultural-historical art treasures. In addition, the mining town was home to important personalities in the mining industry, including the mathematician Adam Ries, the moneyer Lazarus Ercker and the Uthmann family of entrepreneurs.