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Wappen Stendal

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Coordinates 52°36′N 11°51′E / 52.6, 11.85Coordinates: 52°36′N 11°51′E / 52.6, 11.85
Country Germany
State Saxony-Anhalt
District Stendal
Town subdivisions 33
Mayor Klaus Schmotz
Basic statistics
Area 268.02 km2 (103.48 sq mi)
Elevation 31 m  (102 ft)
Population 42,435 (31 December 2010)[1]
 - Density 158 /km2 (410 /sq mi)
Other information
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Licence plate SDL
Postal codes 39551–39596
Area code 03931

Stendal (German pronunciation: [ˈʃtɛndaːl]) is a town in Saxony-Anhalt, Germany. It is the capital of Stendal District and unofficial capital of the Altmark. Its population in 2001 was 38,900. It is located some 125 km (78 miles) west of Berlin and around 170 km (106 miles) east of Hanover. Stendal has a market and a psychiatric rehabilitation clinic.

Founded by Albrecht the Bear in the 12th century, it quickly became an important member of the Hanseatic League. Magnificent churches, the city hall and the two remaining city gates are still proof of that former wealth.

Previously part of the Margraviate of Brandenburg, Stendal became part of the Prussian Province of Saxony after the Napoleonic Wars. From 1949 until German reunification in 1990, Stendal was in the German Democratic Republic.

The pseudonym "Stendhal" of the French author Marie-Henri Beyle is generally supposed to be a homage to the German author Johann Joachim Winckelmann, who was born in Stendal in 1717.

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Tangermünder Tor, a brick gate tower

International relationsEdit

Stendal is twinned with:

Sites of interestEdit

Theatre of the AltmarkEdit

The area has a theatre named Theater der Altmark, Stendal. It was founded in 1946 and has always had a particular involvement in youth and children's theatre. Theatrical performances and dance events are staged, as well as concerts, conferences and meetings.

Winckelmann MuseumEdit

The Winckelmann Museum is named after Johann Joachim Winckelmann, the founder of classical archaeology. Its holdings include biographical documents, works, designs and diagrams as well as Greek sculptures or casts, along with other small artworks from antiquity. Since summer 2003 the museum is the owner of the world's biggest Trojan horse. With its size of 15.60 m high, 13 m long, 9.50 m wide and its weight of 45 tons it offers a beautiful view over Stendal. Exhibitions are held relating to archaeology and the history of art from the 18th and 19th centuries; there is also a modern art museum. The museum is the seat of the Winckelmann-Gesellschaft.

In addition, the museum has exhibits relating to the history and cultural history of the city of Stendal and of the Altmark dating from the prehistoric period through the area's early history right up to the present. There are exhibits on the Hanseatic League, Romanesque art and local archaeological material.


The Roland-Statue in front of the Town Hall

Fire Brigade MuseumEdit

The town also has the Landesfeuerwehrmuseum (Fire Brigade Museum), showing the development of fire fighting and protection from the leather bucket to modern fire engines.


Other buildings include the Gothic cathedral, the Town Hall with the statue of Roland and the two mediaeval town gates. There are also other churches in the area.

Stendal is also part of the Altmark cycle path. Information and maps about this cycle path can be had for free from the tourist information office.


Honorary citizensEdit

Sons and daughters of StendalEdit

  • Johann Joachim Winckelmann, the founder of classical archaeology and the history of art. He was born in Stendal in 1717, son of a shoemaker. He is commemorated by the above-named museum.


The French writer Marie Henri Beyle, who was stationed here as a soldier during the Napoleonic Wars, used the alias Stendhal from 1817 in homage to Johann Joachim Winckelmann.


External linksEdit

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