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Historic Centre of Stralsund

Historic Centre of Stralsund: The German town of Stralsund is situated on the Strelasund, a sound of the Baltic Sea that separates the island of Rügen from the mainland of Germany. Stralsund was a major member of the Hanseatic League in the 14th and 15th centuries. The historic centre of Stralsund still reflect the ideal developed town of the Hanseatic League during its heyday. Stralsund has retained his medieval ground plan up to the present day. The architecture reflect the extraordinary wealth of Stralsund in the medieval period. In particular, the monumental brick Gothic churches and the 13th century brick Gothic Town Hall. From 1628 until 1807, Stralsund was under the rule of Sweden, the Swedish Rule is still visible in several buildings, such as the Commandantenhus, the Baroque headquarters of the Swedish military commander. Stralsund was heavily damaged during World War II, but its brick Gothic churches and Town Hall survived the numerous Allied bombing raids. Stralsund was part of the former DDR. Since the German reunification in 1990, Stralsund started the restoration of the historic centre and the brick Gothic monuments. The Historic Centre of Stralsund is part of the UNESCO World Heritage: Historic Centres of Stralsund and Wismar. The Historic Centres of Stralsund and Wismar were declared an UNESCO World Heritage in 2002.

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Historic Centre of Stralsund - The Skyline of Stralsund at night. The German town of Stralsund is situated on the Strelasund, a sound of the Baltic Sea between the island...

The Skyline of Stralsund at night. The German town of Stralsund is situated on the Strelasund, a sound of the Baltic Sea between the island of Rügen and the mainland of Germany. The Historic Centre of Stralsund gained status as an UNESCO World Heritage in 2002.

  1. Historic Centre of Stralsund - The Skyline of Stralsund at night. The German town of Stralsund is situated on the Strelasund, a sound of the Baltic Sea between the island...

    The Skyline of Stralsund at night. The German town of Stralsund is situated on the Strelasund, a sound of the Baltic Sea between the island of Rügen and the mainland of Germany. The Historic Centre of Stralsund gained status as an UNESCO World Heritage in 2002.

  2. Historic Centre of Stralsund - Historic Centre of Stralsund: The decorative facade of the Old Town Hall, built in the brick Gothic style. The fountain on the Old Market Square...

    Historic Centre of Stralsund: The decorative facade of the Old Town Hall, built in the brick Gothic style. The fountain on the Old Market Square starts off at random intervals and sprays the water into the air in different heights. 

  3. Historic Centre of Stralsund - Historic Centre of Stralsund: A detail of the brick Gothic Old Town Hall. The Old Town Hall of the histiric town of Stralsund was built...

    Historic Centre of Stralsund: A detail of the brick Gothic Old Town Hall. The Old Town Hall of the histiric town of Stralsund was built in the 13th century and is one of the most important secular buildings of the brick Gothic architecture in Northern Germany.

  4. Historic Centre of Stralsund - Historic Centre of Stralsund: The fine decorated vaulted ceiling of the Marienkirche, the Church of St. Mary. The Marienkirche was built just...

    Historic Centre of Stralsund: The fine decorated vaulted ceiling of the Marienkirche, the Church of St. Mary. The Marienkirche was built just before 1298, it is a good example of the brick Gothic architecture. Between 1625 and 1647, the Marienkirche was the largest building in the world.

  5. Historic Centre of Stralsund - Historic Centre of Stralsund: The Nikolaikirche, the Church of St. Nicholas, is the oldest of the three major parish churches of Stralsund and a...

    Historic Centre of Stralsund: The Nikolaikirche, the Church of St. Nicholas, is the oldest of the three major parish churches of Stralsund and a major monument of the brick Gothic style. The church was dedicated in 1279 to St. Nicholas of Myra, the patron saint of sailors and merchants.

  6. Historic Centre of Stralsund - Historic Centre of Stralsund: The colourful decorated interior of the Nikolaikirche, the Church of St. Nicholas. Stralsund was heavily damaged...

    Historic Centre of Stralsund: The colourful decorated interior of the Nikolaikirche, the Church of St. Nicholas. Stralsund was heavily damaged during World War II. During an Allied bombing in 1944, the brick Gothic Nikolaikirche also was severely damaged. The restoration started in 1947.

  7. Historic Centre of Stralsund - Historic Centre of Stralsund: The Lotsenhaus is the historic maritime Pilot Station of Stralsund, it was built of red brick in 1901. In the...

    Historic Centre of Stralsund: The Lotsenhaus is the historic maritime Pilot Station of Stralsund, it was built of red brick in 1901. In the 14th and 15th centuries, Stralsund was a major member of the Hanseatic League, an economic alliance of trading cities along the coast in Northern Europe.

  8. Historic Centre of Stralsund - Historic Centre of Stralsund: The Wulflam House on the Old Market Square. The red brick Gothic Wulflam House was built by the family Wulflam...

    Historic Centre of Stralsund: The Wulflam House on the Old Market Square. The red brick Gothic Wulflam House was built by the family Wulflam before 1358. The gable of the yellow house was rebuilt in the Baroque style in the 17th century.

  9. Historic Centre of Stralsund - Historic Centre of Stralsund: From 1628 until 1807, the city of Stralsund was under the rule of Sweden. The Baroque blue coloured...

    Historic Centre of Stralsund: From 1628 until 1807, the city of Stralsund was under the rule of Sweden. The Baroque blue coloured Commandantenhus on the Old Market Square was the headquarters of the Swedish military commander.

  10. Historic Centre of Stralsund - Historic Centre of Stralsund: The Marienkirche, the Church of St. Mary, on the banks of the huge Frankenteich pond. The architecture of Stralsund...

    Historic Centre of Stralsund: The Marienkirche, the Church of St. Mary, on the banks of the huge Frankenteich pond. The architecture of Stralsund reflect the extraordinary wealth of the city in the Middle Ages. In particular the monumental brick Gothic churches and brick Gothic town hall.