Schönebeck / Germany
Schönebeck is a city with about 35,000 inhabitants, located in Saxony-Anhalt, on the Elbe. The oldest part of today's city is the Frohse documented for the first time in 936. Schönebeck was known until the end of the 1950s among other things for its salt mines where people with lung troubles could ease their afflictions in the salty air of the gallery. Today in the district of Bad Salzelmen there is still the oldest saltwater spa in Germany which opened in 1802.
The "Salzblume", a 16-meter-high sculpture on the banks of the River Elbe, has reminded since 1997 about the long tradition of the Schönebecker salt production. The oldest church in the city is the three-aisle St. Jakobi Church, built in the early 13th century, made of bricks. The St. John Church of the district Bad Salzelmen has a moving history. The Late Gothic hall church, whose construction lasted over a period of more than 100 years, was haunted by an immense fire in the Thirty Years' War, which almost completely destroyed the inside. Since 2004, the church has been regularly used for worship services. The Schönebecker Schalom-Haus, a former synagogue from the Wilhelminian era, is also very interesting. The beautiful building with its Moorish-Saracen style elements is now under monument protection.