Wednesday, 8 July 2015

Germany: History of Lübeck

Today I got two postcards from Germany.

One of them is the Chronicle card of Lübeck. Lübeck was founded in 1143, but had already to be founded for a second time in 1159 after it was destroyed by fire. Henry the Lion, who rebuilt the city in 1159, relocated a diocese to Lübeck and built the cathedral in 1173. The city got the imperial immediacy in 1226 and soon controlled the trade in the Baltic Sea as Germany's leading Hanseatic city. The Lübeck law and the brick Gothic spred from Lübeck in the Baltic area. Lübeck withstood the end of the Hanseatic League and the Thirty Years' War in the 16th century, but was suffered an economical setback in the Napoleonic Era during the French occupation between 1806 and 1811. In 1937 Lübeck lost its independence and became a part of the German State of Schlesweig-Holstein. Today is Lübeck Germany's most important port on the Baltic Sea and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.


With a related stamp:
650 years Hanseatic League (issued 07-09-2006)
It is a joint issue with Sweden.


Thank You very much Sabine!

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