Stade

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Old half timbered houses in Stade

Stade is a city in Lower Saxony, Germany. It is the seat of the district which is named the same as the city . The city was founded in 994 when it was called "Stethu".[1] A city on the banks of the Lower Elbe it became an important market town, and a port. It was given a town charter in 1209.[1] From 1645 to 1712, the Stade was controlled by Sweden, who made it an important military town.[1] On May 26, 1659, the "Great Fire" destroyed more than half the city.[1]

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