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Malbork

Malbork (German Marienburg) is a city situated in Pomorskie voivodship in the Zulawy[?] region of Poland. The city has 39,000 inhabitants (1998).

The city itself is based around the fortress of 'Marienburg' or 'Malbork', founded in 1274 on the Right Bank of the river Nogat[?] by the Teutonic Knights. This fortified castle became the seat of the Teutonic Knights' Order and Europe's largest Gothic fortress. The city later became a member of the Hanseatic League, and many Hanse meetings were held there.

The castle and its museum are entered onto the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites. It is sometimes referred to as 'the largest heap of bricks north of the Alps'.

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