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Schwerte is a city in Germany, located in the Bundesland of North Rhine-Westphalia, in the Ruhr area. Population: little more than 50,000 (2003).

The River Ruhr flows through the city. The Sauerland, a mountainous region, starts at the southern border.

It has a Romanesque church, with a carved altar of 1523, and stained glass of the 14th and 15th centuries; and there is a 16th-century town hall.

Today, there are some industries left, which are confined to the manufacture of iron and steel goods. Schwerte received civic rights in the 12th century.