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Iserlohn
Bauernkirche
Bauernkirche
Coat of arms of Iserlohn
Coordinates 51°23′0″N 07°40′0″E / 51.383333°N 7.666667°E / 51.383333; 7.666667
Administration
Country Germany
State North Rhine-Westphalia
Admin. region Arnsberg
District Märkischer Kreis
Town subdivisions 5
Mayor Dr. Peter Paul Ahrens (SPD)
Basic statistics
Area 125.5 km2 (48.5 sq mi)
Elevation 106 - 494 m
Population 93,119  (31 December 2013)
 - Density 742 /km2 (1,922 /sq mi)
Other information
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Licence plate MK,
IS until 1974
LS until 1979
Postal codes 58636 – 58644
Area codes 02371 (Iserlohn)
02374 (Iserlohn-Letmathe)
02304 (Schwerte,Iserlohn-Hennen)
02352 (Altena,parts of Iserlohn-Kesbern)
02378 (Fröndenberg- Langschede, Iserlohn-Drüpplingsen)
Website www.iserlohn.de

Iserlohn (German pronunciation: [iːzɐˈloːn]) is a city in the Märkischer Kreis district, in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. It is the largest city by population and area within the district and the Sauerland region.

Geography

Iserlohn is located at the north end of the Sauerland near the Ruhr river.

History

The Pancratius church (also called Bauernkirche) was founded in around 985, but the first written document mentioning lon dates only from 1150. In 1237 the Count of the Mark gave Iserlohn municipal rights. In 1975 the city, which had been an urban district before, incorporated the surrounding ex-municipalities of Letmathe, Hennen, Sümmern and Kesbern, and became part of the district "Märkischer Kreis". As a larger mid-sized city, Iserlohn, however, still has a special status as compared to most other municipalities in the district. This means that the city takes on tasks more usually performed by the district (e.g. social and youth affairs) so that in some ways it is comparable to an urban district.

Points of interest

The Dechenhöhle was discovered in 1868 during the construction of the railway line Hagen-Iserlohn. 360m are accessible for visitors, and lots of stalactites make it a spectacular sight.

The Danzturm, located atop the southern hill overlooking the old city, is a landmark and featured on the logo of the local brewery (Iserlohner). The tower features spectacular views of the valley and surrounding hills and is open to the public with a small inn at the base.

In the 18th Century, the town became known for its Iserlohn boxes, a form of tobacco or snuff box with an engraved or embossed lid that often featured an image of Frederick the Great.

Coat of arms

In the middle of the coat of arms is Saint Pancras (St. Pancratius), patron of the oldest church in Iserlohn. He is depicted between two towers of the historic city wall. The checked fess below is derived from the arms of the Counts of the Mark.

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