Bremen is situated on the Weser River some 43 miles (70 km) from the North Sea and is one of the largest ports and major industrial cities of Germany. The city is an interesting mix of medieval and modern architecture. The Altstadt, or Old Town, in the restored heart of the city, retains a medieval flavour, with its famous marketplace, narrow, crooked streets and gabled houses. Notable among its buildings are the 11th century Romanesque cathedral of St Peter, the 15th-century Rathaus (town hall) with its Renaissance facade, and the Schütting (merchants' hall), dating from the 17th century.
Established as a bishopric in 787 by Charlemagne, the Western Holy Roman Emperor, Bremen flourished and joined the Hanseatic League in 1358. Bremen occupyed a strongly fortified position on either side of the Weser and defended its independence many times. It joined the German Confederation in 1815 and attained increasing economic importance by expanding its port facilities and developing its manufacturing industry.
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