North Rhine-Westphalia
Soest
Interesting
Soest The Essential
Interesting
The rapid growth and increase in wealth of this former member of the Hanseatic League can be traced to salt extraction in the Early Middle Ages, which enabled the development of trade and made Soest the unofficial capital of Westphalia. In 1444 the Soest Feud broke out: the town parted company with its feudal lord, the Archbishop of Cologne, and allied itself with the Duke of Cleves, losing its strategic trade advantages in the process. The strange greenish sandstone of its buildings contributes to Soest's unique character.

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Michelin's recommendations for Soest
Church of Our Lady of the Fields, Soest
Church of Our Lady of the Fields, Soest
Length, width and height are virtually
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St Patrolidom's Church, Soest
St Patrolidom's Church, Soest
This 11C and 12C Romanesque construction
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