Parchim

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Parchim
Town hall
Town hall
Coat of arms of Parchim
Coat of arms
Parchim   is located in Germany
Parchim
Parchim
Coordinates: 53°25′N 11°50′E / 53.417°N 11.833°E / 53.417; 11.833Coordinates: 53°25′N 11°50′E / 53.417°N 11.833°E / 53.417; 11.833
Country Germany
State Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
District Ludwigslust-Parchim
Government
 • Mayor Bernd Rolly (SPD)
Area
 • Total 124.49 km2 (48.07 sq mi)
Elevation 50 m (160 ft)
Population (2015-12-31)[1]
 • Total 17,918
 • Density 140/km2 (370/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 19370
Dialling codes 03871
Vehicle registration PCH
Website www.parchim.de

Parchim (German pronunciation: [ˈpaʁçɪm]) is a town in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany. It is the capital of the Ludwigslust-Parchim district. It was the birthplace of Helmuth von Moltke the Elder, to whom a monument was erected in 1876.

Founded about 1210, it was the seat of the short-lived Lordship of Parchim-Richenberg, a partition of the Duchy of Mecklenburg, from 1226 until 1248 when the lord relocated to Richenberg. Parchim was absorbed into the Lordship of Werle in 1255. In 1277 Werle was partitioned and Parchim became the seat of Werle-Parchim until it was reunited with Werle-Güstrow in 1307. One branch of the family of the duke of Mecklenburg resided in Parchim during part of the 14th century. It became a prosperous industrial town during the 16th century, but this prosperity was destroyed by the Thirty Years' War.

Population development[edit]

  • 1648 – 1,300
  • 1789 – 4,000
  • 1830 – 5,800
  • 1850 – 6,270
  • 1910 – 12,804
  • 1939 – 16,000
  • 1974 – 23,000
  • 1990 – 23,800
  • 2000 – 20,048
  • 2005 – 19,348

Sons and daughters of the town[edit]

Helmuth Karl Bernhard von Moltke

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Saint George's church
Fountain
Timber-framed house

Public Domain This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "article name needed". Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press.