Hanseatic city of Stralsund  germany
01 City hall 02 St. Nikolai Church 03 St. Mary´s church
04 St. James´ Church 05 Church of the Holy Spirit 06 Monastery of St. John
07 Abbey of St. Catherine 08 Wulflam House 09 Former Kramercompagnie
10 Scheele House 11 Kampischer Hof 12 Executioner’s House
13 City Scales 14 Former St. Nicolas’ Latin School 15 Museum House
16 City Wall and Gates 17 18

Main sights
The Brick Gothic historic centre is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The heart of the old town is the Old Market Square (Alter Markt), with the Gothic Town Hall (13th century). Behind the town hall stands the imposing Nikolaikirche (St. Nikolai Church), built in 1270-1360. The square is surrounded by houses from different periods, including the Gothic Wulflam House (a 14th-century patrician house, today a restaurant), and the Baroque Commandantenhaus, seat of the old Swedish command headquarters.
The Jakobikirche (St. James´ Church), built in mid-14th century. It was destroyed several times, e.g. by Wallenstein and in World War II.
The Marienkirche (St. Mary´s church), built in 1383-1473 in Gothic style, is the largest church in Stralsund. Its octagonal tower (104 meters high) offers a magnificent view of Stralsund and the neighboring islands of Rügen and Hiddensee.
The Katharinenkloster (Abbey of St. Catherine), built in the 15th century, houses two museums: a museum of history, and an oceanography museum. The ancient refectory of the monastery is one of the most spectacular Gothic interiors in Germany.
The Johanniskloster (Monastery of St. John Franciscan monastery, 1254), is one of the oldest buildings in the town.
Pearl of the Baltic Sea

The Hanseatic city of Stralsund lies on the Strelasund in the far north-east of Mecklenburg-West Pomerania amidst the idyllic islands of Rügen, Hiddensee, Usedom, and Fischland / Darss/ Zingst. Stralsund, founded in 1234, is an inexhaustible source of living history for anyone interested in the cultural heritage of the region. Rich in historical buildings of all periods and styles, the historic centre is nevertheless dominated by glowing red brick. The typical Gothic brick is to be found everywhere within the city walls, in the impressive parish churches, the imposing town hall, the monasteries, and the splendid patrician houses. The bustling port with its warehouses and canals is a never-ending attraction for young and old.


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Stralsund is a city in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany, situated at the southern coast of the Strelasund (a sound of the Baltic Sea separating the island of Rügen from the mainland).[2] Two bridges (the Rügendamm and since October 2007 the new Rügen bridge) and several ferry services connect Stralsund with the ports of Rügen.[2]

The main industries of Stralsund are shipyards, fishing, and, to an increasing degree, tourism.

In medieval ages, the Stralsund area was part of the West Slavic duchy of Rügen, which was part of the Kingdom of Denmark since 1168. At that time, the Dänholm isle and a small fishing village, both at the site of the latter city, were named Strale / Stralow, meaning "arrow". In the course of German Ostsiedlung, many German settlers, gentry and merchants were called into the duchy, and eventually populated the Strale site. Merchants from other countries as well as locals were attracted to the settlement and made up for one third of the city's population. The Danish navy using the isle as well. When the settlement had grown to town size, Duke Wizlaw I of Rügen granted Lübeck law to "our town Stralow" in 1234. In 1240, when the duke gave additional land to the city, he called it Stralesund.

The success of the settlement challenged the powerful Free City of Lübeck, which burnt Stralsund down in 1249. Afterwards the town was rebuilt with a massive city wall having 11 town gates and 30 watchtowers. The Neustadt, a town-like suburb, was merged to Stralsund by 1361. Schadegard, a twin town to Stralsund also founded by Wizlaw I nearby, but was not granted German law, served as the dukes stronghold and enclosed a fort. It was given up and tore down by 1269 under the pressure of the Stralsund Bürgers.

In 1293 Stralsund became a member of the Hanseatic League. A total of 300 ships flying the flag of Stralsund cruised the Baltic Sea in the 14th century.

In the 17th century, Stralsund became a theatre in the Thirty Years' War. In 1628 Stralsund was besieged by Albrecht von Wallenstein until Swedish troops came to Stralsund's aid and forced the general to retreat. After the war, the 1648 Peace of Westphalia made Stralsund part of Swedish Pomerania. In the Great Northern War in 1715 Charles XII led the defence of Stralsund for a year against the united European armies. Stralsund remained under Swedish control until 1815, when it became a part of the Prussian Province of Pomerania.

From 1949 until German Reunification in 1990, Stralsund was part of the German Democratic Republic.

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