The Hanseatic City of Stendal is the largest city in the Altmark region in northern Saxony-Anhalt and offers charming landscapes of natural beauty in the valley of the Uchte river as well as spectacular gothic architecture. The historic town of Stendal is a conservation area spanning 94 hectares. The 22 stained-glass windows in the cathedral are a feast for the eyes and the most valuable bells in North Germany ring in the church towers of St Marien, and the town hall is home to the oldest profane wood-carving wall in Germany. The centuries old stone Roland statue in front of the town hall measures a total height of 7.80 metres, making it the third-largest Roland statue in the country.