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Bentheim Sandstone

Bad Bentheim is a town in Lower Saxony, Germany in the district of Grafschaft Bentheim on the borders of North Rhine-Westphalia and the Netherlands roughly 15 km south of Nordhorn and 20 km northeast of Enschede.

Bentheim’s sandstone, known as Bentheimer Gold, which was quarried in the main town and Gildehaus, was shipped abroad beyond the old county’s borders between the 15th and 18th centuries and used for important buildings. (wiki)

See also Bentheim Sandstone Museum

Connected Sites

  • Belfries Church of Our Lady in Antwerp
  • Statue of Liberty Supposedly, the pedestal on which stands New York’s Statue of Liberty is even made out of Bentheim sandstone, but other German towns, among them Obernkirchen, claim that they furnished the stone for that undertaking (wiki)
  • Town Hall and Roland, Bremen Town Hall Link

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