Timber framed house in Schöppenstedt
|• Mayor||Karlheinz Mühe (SPD)|
|• Total||39.65 km2 (15.31 sq mi)|
|• Density||140/km2 (370/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)|
Schöppenstedt is a town in the district of Wolfenbüttel, in Lower Saxony, Germany. It is situated southwest of the Elm, approx. 17 km east of Wolfenbüttel, and 21 km southeast of Braunschweig. Schöppenstedt has a population of 5,800 (as of 2005).
A main landmark is the St. Stephen's Church with its famous leaning tower of the 12th century. The interior contains remarkable stone pillars with depictions of animal figures and human heads, including Wotan and his ravens, the Fenris Wolf, the Midgard Serpent and the Ash Ekdrasül (black and white illustration). These ornate pillars have been constructed with the introduction of Christianity as a monument to the ancient gods of faith - the ornaments could date from the first documented mention of Schöppenstedt (1051).
Schöppenstedt has a museum dedicated to Till Eulenspiegel.
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