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Löbenicht
Löbenicht
(Lithuanian: Lyvenikė; Polish: Lipnik; Russian: Лёбенихт) was a quarter of central Königsberg, Germany. During the Middle Ages
Middle Ages
it was the weakest of the three towns that composed the city of Königsberg, the others being Altstadt and Kneiphof. Its territory is now part of the Leningradsky District of Kaliningrad, Russia.

Contents

1 History

1.1 Early history 1.2 Thirteen Years' War 1.3 Later history

2 Buildings 3 Notes 4 References

History[edit]

Löbenicht Church
Löbenicht Church
in 1908

Early history[edit] The predecessor of Löbenicht
Löbenicht
was the Old Prussian fishing village Lipnick (also Liepenick and Lipnicken, meaning swamp village[1]) with its harbor Lipza,[2] which was conquered by the Teutonic Knights during the 1255 conquest of Sambia. Although an initial German colony northwest of Königsberg
Königsberg
Castle was destroyed during the 1262 Siege of Königsberg, the Altstadt (German for "old town") south of the castle was granted Kulm town rights in 1286. By the end of the 13th century settlement had spread east of Altstadt to Lipnick. Altstadt and the new settlement of craftsmen and farmers were divided by the Lebo or Löbe, later known as the Katzbach, a stream running from the Schlossteich
Schlossteich
to the Pregel
Pregel
River. The Königsberg
Königsberg
Komtur, Berthold Brühaven, awarded the new settlement Kulm town rights in 1300. Although it was documented in 1299 as Nova civitas (Neustadt, new town), it was known as Löbenicht
Löbenicht
by 1338.[2] Königsberg's third town, Kneiphof, was founded in 1327. Each town had its own charter, market rights, church, and fortifications. Löbenicht
Löbenicht
was the least powerful of Königsberg's three towns; unlike Kneiphof, Löbenicht
Löbenicht
was not a rival to Altstadt. Löbenicht's small Freiheiten suburbs were Anger to the east and Stegen to the southeast.[3] These districts were granted to Löbenicht
Löbenicht
by Grand Master Frederick of Saxony in 1506. Anger contained Löbenicht's warehouses (see also Lastadie)[4] and farmland.[5] Stegen (or Steegen), originally used for lumber, developed into the Neuer Markt (new market).[6] Outlying villages and estates eventually controlled by Löbenicht
Löbenicht
included Ponarth, Maraunen, Quednau, Radnicken, and the tile factory near the Oberteich.[7] Aside from Anger and Stegen, Löbenicht
Löbenicht
was bordered by Burgfreiheit
Burgfreiheit
to the north, Rossgarten
Rossgarten
to the northeast, Neue Sorge
Neue Sorge
to the east, Sackheim
Sackheim
to the southeast, and Altstadt to the west.[8] Thirteen Years' War[edit] Main article: Thirteen Years' War (1454–66) Altstadt and Kneiphof
Kneiphof
sent representatives to the Prussian Confederation in 1440, although Löbenicht
Löbenicht
did not.[9] As members of the Confederation, the Königsberg
Königsberg
towns rebelled against the Teutonic Knights on 4 February 1454 at the beginning of the Thirteen Years' War and allied with King Casimir IV Jagiellon
Casimir IV Jagiellon
of Poland. The rebellion in Königsberg
Königsberg
was supported by the merchant class and led by Altstadt's Bürgermeister, Andreas Brunau. Based upon the example of Danzig (Gdańsk), Brunau hoped to turn Königsberg
Königsberg
into an autonomous city with control over all Sambia.[10] On 19 June Löbenicht's Bürgermeister, Hermann Stulmacher, paid fealty to the Polish chancellor, Jan Taszka Koniecpolski.[11] However, Brunau lost the support of Altstadt and Löbenicht
Löbenicht
on 24 March 1455 due to spontaneous opposition from craftsmen and workers, with the rebels retreating to Kneiphof.[12] Löbenicht
Löbenicht
supported Plauen and Altstadt during the siege of the Kneiphof. The island town surrendered to Komtur
Komtur
Heinrich Reuß von Plauen on 14 July.[13] Later history[edit]

View of the Neuer Markt and Löbenicht
Löbenicht
Church

Löbenicht
Löbenicht
became part of the Kingdom of Prussia
Kingdom of Prussia
in 1701. In the same year the three towns resisted the efforts of Burgfreiheit
Burgfreiheit
to form a proposed fourth town, Friedrichsstadt. By the Rathäusliche Reglement of 13 June 1724, King Frederick William I of Prussia
Frederick William I of Prussia
merged Altstadt, Löbenicht, Kneiphof, and their respective suburbs into the united city of Königsberg.[14] Königsberg
Königsberg
Castle and its suburbs remained separate until the Städteordnung of Stein on 19 November 1808 during the era of Prussian reforms.[15] Much of Löbenicht, including its church, school, and hospital, burned down in a widespread fire on 11 November 1764 and had to be rebuilt. Löbenicht
Löbenicht
was heavily damaged during the 1944 Bombing of Königsberg and 1945 Battle of Königsberg
Königsberg
during World War II. Buildings which survived the war were subsequently demolished by the Soviet administration in Kaliningrad. Buildings[edit]

The publisher Hartung'sche Verlagsdruckerei was based in the former Löbenicht
Löbenicht
Town
Town
Hall from 1876-1906.

The Löbenicht
Löbenicht
Town
Town
Hall was later used by Hartung Verlag, one of the city's largest newspaper publishers. The Protestant Löbenicht
Löbenicht
Church dated back to the 14th century and was rebuilt in the Rococo style in the 18th century. The quarter's secondary school was Löbenicht Realgymnasium, also known as the Städtisches Realgymnasium. In 1531 a convent in Löbenicht
Löbenicht
was converted into a hospital, which lasted until the great fire of 1764. The large rebuilt Löbenicht Hospital was dedicated in 1772. It was deteriorating by the 20th century, however, and was dismantled in 1903. Löbenicht
Löbenicht
Hospital's third incarnation was built not in Löbenicht, but on Heidemannstraße near Sackheim
Sackheim
Gate in eastern Sackheim. Most of Königberg's breweries were located in Löbenicht
Löbenicht
during the 19th century, but by the 20th century they had been replaced by larger breweries in Ponarth, Schönbusch, and Wickbold. Notes[edit]

^ Gause I, p. 6 ^ a b Guttzeit, p. 11 ^ Baczko, p. 182 ^ Mühlpfordt, p. 135 ^ Karl, p.105 ^ Boetticher, p. 15 ^ Gause II, p. 69 ^ Guttzeit, p. 12 ^ Gause, Königsberg
Königsberg
in Preußen, p. 41 ^ Manthey, p. 32 ^ Gause, Königsberg
Königsberg
in Preußen, p. 42 ^ Armstedt, p. 97 ^ Manthey, pp. 31-33 ^ Gause II, p. 65 ^ Gause II, p. 334

References[edit]

Albinus, Robert (1985). Lexikon der Stadt Königsberg
Königsberg
Pr. und Umgebung (in German). Leer: Verlag Gerhard Rautenberg. p. 371. ISBN 3-7921-0320-6.  Baczko, Ludwig von (1804). Versuch einer Geschichte und Beschreibung Königsbergs (in German). Königsberg: Goebbels und Ungar. p. 539.  Boetticher, Adolf (1897). Die Bau- und Kunstdenkmäler der Provinz Ostpreußen (in German). Königsberg: Rautenberg. p. 395.  Gause, Fritz (1965). Die Geschichte der Stadt Königsberg. Band I: Von der Gründung der Stadt bis zum letzten Kurfürsten (in German). Köln: Böhlau Verlag. p. 571.  Gause, Fritz (1968). Die Geschichte der Stadt Königsberg. Band II: Von der Königskrönung bis zum Ausbruch des Ersten Weltkriegs (in German). Köln: Böhlau Verlag. p. 761.  Gause, Fritz (1968). Die Geschichte der Stadt Königsberg. Band II: Von der Königskrönung bis zum Ausbruch des Ersten Weltkriegs (in German). Köln: Böhlau Verlag. p. 761.  Guttzeit, Emil Johannes (2006). Ostpreussen 1440 Bilder (in German). Augsburg: Weltbild. p. 730. ISBN 3-8289-0575-7.  Karl, G. (1924). Geschichtliches Straßenverzeichnis der Stadt Königsberg
Königsberg
in Preußen. Einleitung und Ergänzungen bis 1941 von Peter Wörster. Königsberg
Königsberg
Pr.: Verlag der Königsberger Allgemeinen Zeitung und Verlagsdruckerei. pp. 176. Reprinted by Verein für Familienforschung in Ost- und Westpreußen e.V. Nr. 4. Hamburg, 1992. (in German) Mühlpfordt, Herbert Meinhard (1972). Königsberg
Königsberg
von A bis Z (in German). München: Aufstieg-Verlag. p. 168. ISBN 3-7612-0092-7. 

Coordinates: 54°42′35″N 20°31′03″E / 54.70972°N 20.51750°E / 54.70972; 20.51750

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