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Hanseatic City of Lübeck
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Type of site: Cultural
Date: 12-16th century
Date of Inscription: 1987
Location: Europe, Germany, State of Schleswig-Holstein
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Description: Lübeck founded in the 12th century, is the former capital and Queen City of the Hanseatic League. It remained as such until the 16th century whereupon it prospered as the foremost trading centre of northern Europe. To this day it remains a centre for maritime commerce, for the most part with the Nordic countries. Though it suffered severe damage during the Second World War, the basic structure of the old city remains unaltered, still retaining its mainly 15th- and 16th-century patrician residences, public monuments (the famed Holstentor brick gate), churches and salt storehouses. --WHMNet paraphrase from the description at WHC Site, where additional information is available.
  Lübeck is the second largest city in Schleswig-Holstein, in northern Germany, and one of the major ports of Germany. It was for several centuries the "capital" of the Hanseatic League ("Queen of the Hanse") and because of its Brick Gothic architectural heritage is on UNESCO's list of World Heritage Sites. --Wikipedia. Text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License.
Reference: 1. UNESCO World Heritage Center, Site Page.
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