Essential Architecture-  Hanseatic city of Lübeck

Salzspeicher, Lübeck

architect

various

location

Lübeck, Schleswig-Holstein, northern Germany

date

16th–18th centuries

style

Hanseatic Brick Gothic

construction

Brick

type

salt storehouses
 
  Salzspeicher in Lübeck
 
  From across the Trave, by night
   
The Salzspeicher (salt storehouses) of Lübeck, Germany, are six historic brick buildings on the Upper Trave River next to the Holstentor (the western city gate).

Built in the 16th–18th centuries, the houses stored salt that was mined near Lüneburg and brought to Lübeck over the Stecknitz Canal. The salt was then shipped to several ports in the Baltic region, where the commodity was relatively rare, but was in high demand for the preservation of food. The salt trade from the late Middle Ages onward was a major reason for the power of Lübeck and the Hanseatic League.

In the course of the centuries, the houses were adapted for the storage of different goods, such as cloth, grain and wood.

Part of the complex was used as the residence of Count Nosferatu in the classic horror movie Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens.

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