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Stendal Travel Guide

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Lined with half-timbered houses, Stendal is a pleasant historic town and the unofficial capital of the rural Altmark region. Once a prominent member of the Hanseatic League, until the plague and the Thirty Years' War put and end to its prosperity in the 17th century.

The French writer Marie-Henri Beyle chose Stendhal as his pen name in homage to J.J. Winckelmann, the founder of modern archaeology, who was from Stendal.

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