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Encyclopedia > Soest (district)
Soest
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State: North Rhine-Westphalia
Capital: Soest
Adm. Region: Arnsberg
Area: 1,327.47 km²
Inhabitants: 307,809 (2001)
pop. density: 232 inh./km²
Car identification: SO
Homepage: http://www.kreis-soest.de
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Map of North Rhine-Westphalia highlighting the district Soest

Soest is a Kreis (district) in the middle of North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. Neighboring districts are Warendorf, Gütersloh, Paderborn, Hochsauerland, Märkischer Kreis, Unna and the district-free city Hamm.

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History

In medieval times Soest was the biggest city of Westphalia, however after it liberated itself from the bishops of Cologne in the Soester Fehde in 1449 it slowly lost importance, only to gain it again when in 1816 the new prussian government created the district. In 1974 the district was merged with the neighboring district Lippstadt.


Geography

Geographically it covers the northern part of Sauerland hills and the lower land north of it, the Hellweg. The rather flat land and very fertile loess soil makes it an old agricultural area. The main rivers through the district are the Ruhr, Lippe and the Möhne, which also forms the biggest artificial lake of North Rhine-Westphalia. The highest elevation is in near Warstein with 580m, the lowest with 65m is the Lippe valley.


Coat of arms

Coat of arms The coat of arms show two symbols from the bishops Cologne, who owned the Soest until 1449. In left half is the key of Saint Peter, the patron of Cologne, in the right the black cross of Cologne. After the district was merged with Lippstadt the rose as symbol of the Lippe area was added on top of the cross. This new version of the coat of arms was granted in 1976.

Towns and municipalities

Towns Municipalities
  1. Erwitte
  2. Geseke
  3. Lippstadt
  4. Rüthen
  5. Soest
  6. Warstein
  7. Werl
  1. Anröchte
  2. Bad Sassendorf
  3. Ense
  4. Lippetal
  5. Möhnesee
  6. Welver
  7. Wickede

External links

  • Official website (http://www.kreis-soest.de) (German, English)


Rural and urban districts in North Rhine-Westphalia

Aachen (town) | Aachen (district) | Bielefeld | Bochum | Bonn | Borken | Bottrop | Cleves (Kleve) | Coesfeld | Cologne (Köln) | Dortmund | Duisburg | Düren | Düsseldorf | Ennepe-Ruhr | Essen | Euskirchen | Gelsenkirchen | Gütersloh | Hagen | Hamm | Heinsberg | Herford | Herne | Hochsauerland | Höxter | Krefeld | Leverkusen | Lippe | Märkischer Kreis | Mettmann | Minden-Lübbecke | Mönchengladbach | Mülheim | Münster | Neuss | Oberbergischer Kreis | Oberhausen | Olpe | Paderborn | Recklinghausen | Remscheid | Rheinisch-Bergischer Kreis | Rhein-Erft-Kreis | Rhein-Sieg | Siegen-Wittgenstein | Soest | Solingen | Steinfurt | Unna | Viersen | Warendorf | Wesel | Wuppertal

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  Results from FactBites:
 
Soest (district) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (269 words)
Soest is a Kreis (district) in the middle of North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany.
In medieval times Soest was the biggest city of Westphalia, however after it liberated itself from the bishops of Cologne in the Soester Fehde in 1449 it slowly lost importance, only to gain it again when in 1816 the new prussian government created the district.
In 1974 the district was merged with the neighboring district Lippstadt.
Soest, Germany - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (266 words)
Soest is a town in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany.
It is the capital of the Soest district.
Due to the fertile soil the area around Soest was long occupied before in 836 the first official paper mentions a village.
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