Top Historic Sights in Stendal, Germany

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St. Mary's Church

The Gothic spires of St. Mary's Church reach upwards and towards the heavens, towering impressively in the background of the town hall. First mentioned in archival records dating to 1283, the church was later rebuilt as a three-aisled hall church, and is today considered to have one of the most impressive Brick Gothic interiors thanks to its vaults. Amongst the most impressive features in the church is a choir screen dati ...
Founded: 13th century | Location: Stendal, Germany

Stendal Town Hall and Roland Statue

Stendal town hall is a Brick Gothic building constructed over successive eras and thus its components reflect the use of an eclectic range of styles. The courthouse was built in the 15th century, its Late Gothic arches opening onto the town market; the guardhouse and a side wing also date to this epoch. A cloakroom added in the late 15th century (and today used as a wine cellar) adjoins the courthouse; the main space in t ...
Founded: 15th century | Location: Stendal, Germany

St. Nicholas' Cathedral

St. Nicholas" Cathedral is a significant, well preserved example of northern German Late Brick Gothic; the church features three aisles, two transepts and a single-aisled ambulatory. Particularly impressive is the church"s northern tiered gable. The church features 22 stained glass features considered to be treasures of international significance, a feature of the cathedral elevating the building to a heritage s ...
Founded: 1188 | Location: Stendal, Germany

St. James' Church

St. James" Church is first mentioned in archival records dating to 1285, and was later rebuilt as a Gothic-style church. A Brick Gothic church, the building is comprised from granite blocks at its base, and sandstone quarry derived bricks higher up. St. Jacob"s is a three-aisled hall church, with stain glass windows dating to the 14th and 15th century preserved in the church"s ambulatory. The choir banks we ...
Founded: 1285 | Location: Stendal, Germany

Tangermünde Gate

The Tangermünd Gate is the counterpart to the Uengling Gate. The base of the gate is formed by a Romanesque pedestal built from fieldstones dating to the first quarter of the 13th century. The tower's crown is built from brick, and was added around 1440.
Founded: 1440 | Location: Stendal, Germany

Uenglingen Gate

Uenglingen gate was built ca. 1450-1460 and is regarded to be amongst the finest late medieval city gates amongst those built in the northern German brick Gothic style, only surpassed by the Holsten Gate in Lübeck. The gate is believed to have been built by Stefan Boxthude, one of the most reknowned masterbuilders of the 15th century. The gate"s tower, boasting sheer rounded ramparts, was originally the main gat ...
Founded: 1450-1460 | Location: Stendal, Germany

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Easter Aquhorthies Stone Circle

Easter Aquhorthies stone circle, located near Inverurie, is one of the best-preserved examples of a recumbent stone circle, and one of the few that still have their full complement of stones. It consists of a ring of nine stones, eight of which are grey granite and one red jasper. Two more grey granite stones flank a recumbent of red granite flecked with crystals and lines of quartz. The circle is particularly notable for its builders' use of polychromy in the stones, with the reddish ones situated on the SSW side and the grey ones opposite.

The placename Aquhorthies derives from a Scottish Gaelic word meaning 'field of prayer', and may indicate a 'long continuity of sanctity' between the Stone or Bronze Age circle builders and their much later Gaelic successors millennia later. The circle's surroundings were landscaped in the late 19th century, and it sits within a small fenced and walled enclosure. A stone dyke, known as a roundel, was built around the circle some time between 1847 and 1866–7.