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Kyritz

In 1147 the lords of Plotho founded a German fortress in Kyritz to protect them selves in the captured area within formal Slavic region. Influenced by the colonization process a suburban settlement developed near the fortress, which became the foundation of the town of Kyritz.

In 1147 the lords of Plotho founded a German fortress in Kyritz to protect them selves in the captured area within formal Slavic region. Influenced by the colonization process a suburban settlement developed near the fortress, which became the foundation of the town of Kyritz. The first written reference of a place called Kyritz (Slavic: kyrisz) dates to the year of 1232. There is proof that Kyritz has its membership in the Hanseatic League since 1358. The first written reference of its Hanseatic status is dated 1359. Its economical embodiment today is of a trading and commercial town. Long distance and intermediate trades are combining with the function of a regional market center in an agricultural region. Trading connections dating back to the 13th and 14th century between the margraviate traders via the Kyritz hanseatic traders allowed an extension of their economical relations into the Baltic region and included Hamburg and Flanders. Most influential for the long distance trade were the waterways over the river Elbe and its side tributaries. The importance of waterways can be seen by the law of free shipping given to the citizens of Kyritz in 1259 by the Lords of Plotho. This applied to the regional river Ja?glitz that connects with the Elbe. The law states in a paragraph that no mill or dam should obstruct the free movement of the river. For the inha- bitants of Kyritz the trade with cereals and textiles is of most importance. Additionally is also the trade with wool, wood, flax and hops. In Hamburg Kyritz`traders were able to buy flandrian textiles, fish, metal, wine, spices and other tradable materials. Trading connections with the hanseatic town of Lu?beck are referred to in the 14. century, Kyritz traders recei- ved toll exemption from Lu?beck. The last reference of Kyritz as a hanseatic town refers to 1417. In 1980 the Dutch town Zwolle reanimated the hanseatic tradition in modern times, and called it called the modern hanseatic days. The 13 Th Hanseatic day took place in Münster between the 12 and 15th of August in 1993; here Kyritz also first took part. Since then Kyritz has actively participated in the hanseatic days and is an official member of the modern Hanseatic League.


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Kyritz

Stadt Kyritz
Marktplatz 1
16866 Kyritz