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Location of the town of Papenburg within Emsland district[show]
Coordinates 53°04′N 7°24′ECoordinates: 53°04′N 7°24′E
State Lower Saxony
Town subdivisions 6 Ortsteile
Mayor Jan Peter Bechtluft (CDU)
Area 118.36 km2 (45.70 sq mi)
Elevation 6 m (20 ft)
Population 35,032 (31 December 2010)
- Density 296 /km2 (767 /sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Licence plate EL
Postal code 26871
Area codes 04961, 04962, 04965
Papenburg is a city in the district of Emsland in Lower Saxony, Germany, situated at the river Ems. It is known for its large shipyard, the Meyer-Werft, which specializes in building cruise liners.
Papenburg is subdivided into 6 urban districts, Papenburg-Untenende, Papenburg-Obenende, Herbrum, Tunxdorf-Nenndorf, Aschendorf and Bokel.
In the "Chronicle of the Frisians", written in the 16th century by the East-Frisian council Eggerik Benninga, the Papenburg (at that time a manor) is mentioned for the first time. In 1458, Hayo von Haren, called "von der Papenburch", confessed to be leaned with the Papenburg. The contract that was made because of this is the earliest verifiably documented mention of Papenburg.
On 2 December 1630, the district administrator Dietrich von Velen purchased the manor for 1500 Reichsthaler from Friedrich von Schwarzenberg in order to found a settlement in the fen-surrounded region.
On 4 April 1631, Bishop Ferdinand von Münster leansed the then castle and manor Papenburg to Dietrich von Velen. This is considered to be the foundation of the city of Papenburg.
Matthias von Velen and his wife Margartha Anna, born von Galen, endowed the oldest church in Papenburg on 7 December 1680, dedicated to Anthony the Great, making him its patron saint.