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Hanseatic City of Lübeck UNESCO World Heritage Site

Hanseatic City of Lübeck UNESCO World Heritage Site
Holstentor Brick Gate in the UNESCO Wrold Heritage city of Lübeck

Lübeck's Old Town is the first Old Town in Germany ever officially declared a UNESCO Cultural World Heritage Site. It is the former capital and Queen City of the Hanseatic League* and was founded in the 12th century and prospered until the 16th century as the major trading center for northern Europe. It has remained a center for maritime commerce to this day, particularly with the Nordic countries. Despite the damage it suffered during the Second World War, the basic structure of the old city, consisting mainly of 15th- and 16th-century patrician residences, public monuments (the famous Holstentor brick gate), churches and salt storehouses, remains unaltered.

*The Hanseatic League (also known as the Hanse or Hansa) was an alliance of trading cities and their guilds that established and maintained a trade monopoly along the coast of Northern Europe, from the Baltic to the North Sea and inland, during the Late Middle Ages and early modern period (c.13th–17th centuries). The Hanseatic cities had their own law system and furnished their own protection and mutual aid.

[ Source: http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/272 ]

Related: http://www.luebeck.de/languages/eng/city_portrait/index.html
Address: Holstentorplatz 1, 23552 Lübeck
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