Portal:Hamburg

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Hamburg, in German officially called Freie und Hansestadt Hamburg (Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg), is a city-state in northern Germany and the country's second largest city. The port city is located on the southern end of the Jutland Peninsula, directly between continental Central Europe to her south, Scandinavia to her north, the North Sea to her west, and the Baltic Sea to her east. Hamburg borders the German states of Schleswig-Holstein to the north and Lower Saxony to the south.

The Elbe river flows through the Port of Hamburg, which is the third-largest port in Europe. With a population of approximately 1.8 million people, it is the second-largest city in Germany and eighth largest city in the European Union. Hamburg has a total area of 755 km2 (292 sq mi).

Hamburg was an independent and sovereign state of the German Confederation (1815–66), a city-state the North German Confederation (1866–71), the German Empire (1871–1918) and during the period of the Weimar Republic (1919–33). In Nazi Germany Hamburg was a Gau from 1934 until 1945. After the Second World War, Hamburg was in the British Zone of Occupation and became a state of the Federal Republic of Germany in 1949.

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Right: The neo-Gothic church. Left: the spire that survived.

The Gothic Revival St. Nikolai's Church (German: St.-Nikolai-Kirche) was formerly one of the five Lutheran Hauptkirchen (main churches) in the city of Hamburg. It is now in ruins, serving as a memorial and an important architectural landmark. When Hamburgers mention the "Nikolaikirche", it is generally to this church that is referred, and not the new Hauptkirche of St. Nikolai which is located in the Harvestehude district.

The church was the tallest building in the world from 1874 to 1876 and is still the second tallest building in Hamburg.

The current condition of the Nikolaikirche is the result of air raids during World War II (see Bombing of Hamburg in World War II), continuing demolition in 1951 and restoration work in the 1990s. The Rettet die Nikolaikirche e.V. (Save the Nikolai church) foundation is responsible for the restoration of the church. The foundation is supported in its work by the city of Hamburg, the congregation of St. Nikolai's Church and various corporate sponsors and private contributors. The organization is charged with maintaining the building's existing structure, restoration, arranging events and displays in the church, and operating an informational center housed in the church's crypt.

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Buildings: Castles (list) | Churches (list) | Railway stations (list) | U-Bahn stations (list)S-Bahn stations (list) | Laeiszhalle | …
Culture: Museums and theatres (list) | Hamburger Schule | ...
Education: Christianeum Hamburg | …
Geography: Areas: Altes Land | Harburg Hills | Port of Hamburg | Hamburg Wadden Sea National Park | Rivers: Alster | Bille | Elbe | Lakes: Binnenalster | Außenalster | Öjendorfer See | Timmermoor | Streets: Hafenstraße | Landungsbrücken | Reeperbahn | Subdivisions
History: Neuengamme concentration camp |…
Economy: Otto GmbH | …
Politics: Elections in Hamburg | Government: Coat of arms | Constitution | Flag | Police | ...
Religion: Lutheran | Portuguese Jews | Roman Catholic | ...
Sport: Events: Deutsches Derby | Fährhofer Stutenpreis | Hamburg Marathon | Hamburger Stutenpreis | International German Open | Vattenfall Cyclassics
Venues: Alsterdorfer Sporthalle | Am Rothenbaum | Color Line Arena | EVendi Arena | Volksparkstadion | Horner Rennbahn | Millerntor-Stadion | Sportplatz at Rothenbaum | Trabrennbahn Bahrenfeld
Clubs: Altonaer FC von 1893 | ASV Bergedorf 85Der Hamburger und Germania Ruder Club | Eimsbütteler TV | Hamburg Blue Angels | Hamburg Blue Devils | Hamburg Freezers | Hamburg SV | Hamburg Sea Devils | Hamburger Segel-ClubHSV Barmbek-Uhlenhorst | HSV Handball | FC Association 1893 Hamburg | FC Eintracht Altona | FC St. Georg | Norddeutscher Regatta Verein | FC Teutonia Ottensen  FC St. Pauli | SC Concordia | SC Victoria Hamburg | SV Lurup | ...
Transport: S-Bahn | U-Bahn | Hamburger Verkehrsverbund | Companies: AKN Eisenbahn | DB Regio | Eisenbahnen und Verkehrsbetriebe Elbe-Weser | Hamburger Hochbahn | Metronom Eisenbahngesellschaft

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Alter Elbpark.

Alter Elbpark is a park located between the two Hamburg quarters of Neustadt and St. Pauli, and established in 1906. Notable for the park is a 35 m tall Bismarck Monument. St. Michael's Church is visible to the right.

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Detail from the Hamburger Stadtrecht, c. 1479

Absolon Stumme (died 1499) was a Late Gothic painter from Northern Germany who worked in Hamburg.

Absolon Stumme married into the Bornemann family of artists, becoming the second stepfather of Hinrik Bornemann, who died the same year as he did. After their deaths the Hamburg Cathedral altarpiece, upon which they had been working, was finished by Wilm Dedeke. It is debated by 20th century art historians which of the two is recorded as the Master of the Hamburg cathedral altar. Both are also associated with the Master of the Lüneburg foot washing.

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