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Pedestrian area in Varel
Pedestrian area in Varel
Coat of arms of Varel
Coat of arms
Varel  is located in Germany
Location of Varel within Friesland district
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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
 • Mayor Gerd-Christian Wagner (SPD)
 • Total 113.53 km2 (43.83 sq mi)
Elevation 0 - 12 m (−39 ft)
Population (2016-12-31)[1]
 • Total 23,936
 • Density 210/km2 (550/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 26316
Dialling codes 04451
Vehicle registration FRI

Varel ([ˈfaːʁəl]) is a town in the district of Friesland, in Lower Saxony, Germany. It is situated near the Jade River and the Jade Bight, approximately 15 kilometres (9.3 mi) south of Wilhelmshaven and 30 kilometres (19 mi) north of Oldenburg.

Castle church[edit]

The castle church is the oldest building in Varel. The first part of the church is believed to have been built in 1144.[2] The tower was added between 1200 and 1250, originally as twin towers, which were rebuilt in today's form first in 1651 and then in 1737. The altar, font and pulpit were carved in 1613 – 1618 by Ludwig Münstermann. The altar is nearly 10 metres (33 ft) high and is one of the main works of Northern German Mannerism.

Before the Protestant Reformation, the patron saint was Saint Peter. Today, the castle church is a Lutheran church, with no patron saint. The church was formerly one of the buildings of the castle, which was demolished in the 19th century soon after a fire destroyed most parts of it.

Notable natives[edit]

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