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The Hanseatic town of Stralsund is located in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, on the Strela Sound, a Baltic strait. Its geographical proximity to the island of Rügen has earned it the epithet "Gateway to Rügen". The medieval layout of the historical town centre has remained virtually unchanged to this day. In the harbour, opposite the Türmchen warehouse, lies the training ship "Gorch Fock". In addition to its impressive architecture, the Church of St. Mary also offers numerous attractions within its old walls.
Old Quarter
With its eventful past, its maritime setting and its numerous historical buildings, the Hanseatic town of Stralsund, which has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage site, is a highlight of the north German region. The old quarter is well worth seeing, crammed with architectural monuments in the north German brick Gothic style which emphasise the town's medieval character. Its architectural heritage is typical of an established Hanseatic town during the trading alliance's 14th century heyday. As a member of the Hanseatic League, Stralsund played an important role in the rise of religious architecture and the brick-built Gothic style.
The Harbour
The harbour, which has a modern marina for yachts as well as river and sea cruisers, is one of the most beautiful places in the town. On the north side, the northern breakwater extends far out into the Strela Sound. Always a favourite haunt of walkers and fishermen, its jetties are also used for mooring motorboats. From the breakwater, the view opens out over the passenger port, the harbour island and the town rising up behind. The harbour island was created artificially in the 18th and 19th centuries and all the big warehouses are located here. Particularly worthy of note is the fascinating Türmchen warehouse with its many playful embellishments.
Church of St. Mary
The Church of St. Mary in Stralsund, modelled on the Church of St. Mary in Lübeck, was first mentioned in 1298. The triple-naved basilica, with its monumental transept, false western transept, choir ambulatory and radiating chapels, is the largest parish church in the Hanseatic town and is located on Neuer Markt square. The church is the last brick-built Gothic basilica to be constructed in the northern region. From the 104 metre church tower there is a wonderful panoramic view over the whole town and its surroundings.
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