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This article is about the German town. For the manufacturer of drill bits, see Varel International.
Pedestrian area in Varel
Pedestrian area in Varel
Coat of arms of Varel
Coat of arms
Varel is located in Germany
Coordinates: 53°23′49″N 08°08′10″E / 53.39694°N 8.13611°E / 53.39694; 8.13611Coordinates: 53°23′49″N 08°08′10″E / 53.39694°N 8.13611°E / 53.39694; 8.13611
Country Germany
State Lower Saxony
District Friesland
Subdivisions 32 districts
 • Mayor Gerd-Christian Wagner (SPD)
 • Total 113.53 km2 (43.83 sq mi)
Elevation 0 - 12 m (−39 ft)
Population (2012-12-31)[1]
 • Total 23,729
 • Density 210/km2 (540/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 26316
Dialling codes 04451
Vehicle registration FRI

Varel is a town in the district of Friesland, in Lower Saxony, Germany. It is situated near the Jade River and the Jade Bight, approx. 15 km south of Wilhelmshaven, and 30 km north of Oldenburg.

Castle Church[edit]

Castle church is the oldest building of Varel. It is said, that the first part of the church was built in 1144.[2] The tower was added between 1200 and 1250, originally as twin towers, which were rebuilt to today's form first in 1651 and then in 1737. The altar, font and pulpit were built 1613 – 1618 by the famous sculptor Ludwig Münstermann from Hamburg. The altar is nearly ten meters high and is one of the main work of Northern German Mannerism.

Before the Protestant Reformation, he patron saint was Saint Peter. Today, the Castle Church is a Protestant-Lutheran church, so there is no patron saint. The name “Castle Church” comes from the castle, to which buildings the church belonged in former times. The castle was pulled down in the 19th century after a fire destroyed most parts of it.

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