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Hanseatic City of Lübeck © Hans-J. Aubert

Hanseatic City of Lübeck

The inscription of the medieval town centre of the Hanseatic City of Lübeck in 1987 was the first time an entire old town had been recognised by UNESCO as World Cultural Heritage.

The city was founded in 1143 and laid out in 1159 during the reign of Heinrich der Löwe along the lines that remain visible today. The backbone of the town’s architecture is made up of structures built in the High Gothic period, as visible in the division into plots, the sequences of similar gabled houses, wood-framed roofs and false façades. Lübeck is an exemplary model of the family of Hanseatic towns that are spread around the shores of the Baltic. 




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