Rathenow

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Rathenow
Church
Church
Coat of arms of Rathenow
Coat of arms
Rathenow   is located in Germany
Rathenow
Rathenow
Location of Rathenow within Havelland district
Rathenow in HVL.png
Coordinates: 52°36′N 12°20′E / 52.600°N 12.333°E / 52.600; 12.333Coordinates: 52°36′N 12°20′E / 52.600°N 12.333°E / 52.600; 12.333
Country Germany
State Brandenburg
District Havelland
Government
 • Mayor Ronald Seeger
Area
 • Total 105.68 km2 (40.80 sq mi)
Elevation 29 m (95 ft)
Population (2016-12-31)[1]
 • Total 24,243
 • Density 230/km2 (590/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 14702, 14712
Dialling codes 03385
Vehicle registration HVL (früher: RN)
Website www.rathenow.de

Rathenow (German: [ˈʁaːtənoː] (About this sound listen)) is a town in the district of Havelland in Brandenburg, Germany, with a population of 26,433 (2007).

Overview[edit]

The Protestant church of St. Marien Andreas, originally a basilica, and transformed to the Gothic style in 1517-1589, and the Roman Catholic Church of St. George, are noteworthy.

Rathenow is known for its Rathenow stones, bricks made of the clay of the Havel, and for its spectacles and optical instruments, which are exported.

After the fall of the Soviet Union, it was revealed that the remains of Hitler and his assistants were secretly buried in graves near Rathenow.[2]

Demography[edit]

Rathenow: Population development
within the current boundaries (2013)[3]
YearPop.±% p.a.
1875 12,443—    
1890 18,841+2.80%
1910 29,125+2.20%
1925 32,056+0.64%
1933 32,779+0.28%
1939 37,449+2.24%
1946 34,005−1.37%
1950 32,254−1.31%
1964 31,083−0.26%
1971 31,834+0.34%
1981 33,952+0.65%
1985 33,312−0.47%
1989 32,721−0.45%
1990 31,945−2.37%
1991 30,959−3.09%
1992 30,973+0.05%
1993 30,729−0.79%
1994 30,649−0.26%
1995 30,498−0.49%
1996 30,277−0.72%
YearPop.±% p.a.
1997 30,066−0.70%
1998 29,688−1.26%
1999 29,285−1.36%
2000 28,811−1.62%
2001 28,476−1.16%
2002 28,000−1.67%
2003 27,558−1.58%
2004 27,230−1.19%
2005 26,973−0.94%
2006 26,640−1.23%
2007 26,265−1.41%
2008 25,791−1.80%
2009 25,515−1.07%
2010 25,301−0.84%
2011 24,348−3.77%
2012 24,253−0.39%
2013 24,164−0.37%
2014 24,127−0.15%
2015 24,387+1.08%
2016 24,243−0.59%

Twin towns — sister cities[edit]

Rathenow is twinned with:

Notable residents[edit]

Joachim Mrugowsky during Doctors' trial

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bevölkerung im Land Brandenburg nach amtsfreien Gemeinden, Ämtern und Gemeinden 31. Dezember 2016 (Fortgeschriebene amtliche Einwohnerzahlen auf Grundlage des Zensus 2011)". Amt für Statistik Berlin-Brandenburg (in German). 2016. 
  2. ^ V.K. Vinogradov and others, Hitler's Death: Russia's Last Great Secret from the Files of the KGB, Chaucer Press 2005, 111. This work reproduces a Soviet map showing that the bodies were buried in a field near the village of Neu Friedrichsdorf, approximately one kilometre east of Rathenow.
  3. ^ Detailed data sources are to be found in the Wikimedia Commons.Population Projection Brandenburg at Wikimedia Commons

 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Rathenow". Encyclopædia Britannica. 22 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 916. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Rathenow at Wikimedia Commons