Denmark's second largest city, Aarhus (or Århus) lies on the east coast of Jutland where the river Aarhus Å flows into picturesque Aarhus Bay. First mentioned in 928 AD as the see of a Bishop, it received its municipal charter in 1441, and throughout the Middle Ages, served as an important commercial, seafaring, and fishing center - a tradition that lives on due to the area's popularity among sports anglers. Over the centuries, trade in agricultural goods spread to Germany, the Netherlands, and Norway, and merchants from other countries also settled here. The wealth they helped create is still evident in the many well-preserved Renaissance buildings around the city. Now an important cultural center, Aarhus boasts a university along with important art facilities and museums, while its vibrant music scene embraces folk, jazz, chamber music, operatic performances, and church concerts.