Elbe river flows through the
Port of Hamburg, which is the third-largest port in
Europe. With a population of approximately 1.8 million people, it is the second-largest city in Germany and eighth largest city in the European Union. Hamburg has a total area of 755 km2 (292 sq mi).
On the outside the architectural style is
neo-renaissance, which is abandoned inside for several historical elements. It is one of the few completely preserved buildings of
historicism in Hamburg. Build in period of wealth and prosperity, in which the
Kingdom of Prussia and its confederates defeated
France in the
Franco-German War and the
German Empire was formed, the look of the new Hamburg Rathaus should express this wealth and also the independence of the State of Hamburg and Hamburg's republican traditions.
Absolon Stumme married into the Bornemann family of artists, becoming the second stepfather of
Hinrik Bornemann, who died the same year as he did. After their deaths the Hamburg Cathedral
altarpiece, upon which they had been working, was finished by
Wilm Dedeke. It is debated by 20th century art historians which of the two is recorded as the Master of the Hamburg cathedral altar. Both are also associated with the
Master of the Lüneburg foot washing.