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Lassan is a town in the Vorpommern-Greifswald district, in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Germany.

Lassan
Lassan Marketplace
Lassan Marketplace
Coat of arms of Lassan
Coat of arms
Location of Lassan within Vorpommern-Greifswald district
Lassan in VG.svg
Lassan is located in Germany
Lassan
Lassan
Lassan is located in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
Lassan
Lassan
Coordinates: 53°56′N 13°50′E / 53.933°N 13.833°E / 53.933; 13.833Coordinates: 53°56′N 13°50′E / 53.933°N 13.833°E / 53.933; 13.833
CountryGermany
StateMecklenburg-Vorpommern
DistrictVorpommern-Greifswald
Municipal assoc.Amt am Peenestrom
Government
 • MayorFred Gransow
Area
 • Total27.98 km2 (10.80 sq mi)
Elevation
5 m (16 ft)
Population
 (2018-12-31)[1]
 • Total1,510
 • Density54/km2 (140/sq mi)
Time zoneCET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes
17440
Dialling codes038374
Vehicle registrationVG
Websitewww.lassan.de

EtymologyEdit

The name possibly derives from an Old Polabian word, Lěšane, meaning "forest dweller" or "forest dwelling".[2]

LocationEdit

 
The medieval town church

The town is situated on the Peenestrom river, a branch of the Oder, between Anklam and Wolgast. Both Anklam in the southwest and Wolgast in the north are approximately 15 kilometres (9.3 mi) from Lassan. Part of the municipality are also the villages of Pulow, Papendorf, Klein Jasedow and Waschow.[2]

Lassan has a small marina for sailboats and yachts.[3] There is also a campsite for visitors in the town.[4] A museum dedicated to the town is housed in a former watermill in the town.[5]

HistoryEdit

Lassan was mentioned in written sources for the first time in 1136, when it was a German settlement with a castle. This settlement was however predated by a Slavic fishing village with a fortification. The Dukes of Pomerania regulated the layout of the town around 1200. Lassan received town privileges in 1274. The town still retains much of its medieval character, with the old street grid and the remains of a town wall.[2] The town church, St. Johannis zu Lassan, is also medieval. Construction started around 1300 and the oldest parts are in a transitional style between Romanesque and Gothic. With its spire, it is 57 metres (187 ft) tall, 37 metres (121 ft) long and 24 metres (79 ft) broad. The church was renovated during the 1990s.[6]

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Statistisches Amt M-V – Bevölkerungsstand der Kreise, Ämter und Gemeinden 2018". Statistisches Amt Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (in German). July 2019.
  2. ^ a b c "Geschichte". www.lassan.eu (in German). Stadt Lassan. Retrieved 9 November 2016.
  3. ^ "Hafen Lassan". www.lassan.eu (in German). Stadt Lassan. Retrieved 9 November 2016.
  4. ^ "Naturcampingplatz am Peenestrom". www.lassan.eu (in German). Stadt Lassan. Retrieved 9 November 2016.
  5. ^ "Museum Lassaner Mühle". Museum Lassaner Mühle. Retrieved 9 November 2016.
  6. ^ "Geschichte von St. Johannis zu Lassan" (in German). Evangelische Kirchgemeinde im Pfarrsprengel Lassan. Retrieved 9 November 2016.