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Old May 10th, 2012, 01:15 PM   #1
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This is Saxony

Saxony, a federal state in Eastern Germany close to Poland and the Czech Republic, was founded as a medieval duchy in the Middle Ages. Later it was a electorate, a kingdom and a republic. Due to the immense wealth of the Ore mountains Saxony was one of the richest regions of the Holy Roman Empire and already during the late Middle Ages the majority of all Saxons lived in towns. In the 16th century it became the heartland of the Protestant reformation. Later Saxony often sided with Austria and therefore lost power and territory mostly to Prussia. In the 19th and early 20th century it was, next to the Ruhr region, one of the industrial powers of Germany. During WW2 the three big cities, Leipzig, Dresden and Chemnitz, suffered badly, whereas most smaller towns survived the war without major damages.
Anyway, we start were Saxony started, in

Meißen
Most of Saxony was previously settled by Slavs. Meißen was the first stronghold of the German conquerors to subdue and convert the Slavs, and it became the cradle of the future Saxon state. The castle was founded in 929, the diocese in 968. In 1485 the margraves moved to Dresden and Meißen lost its importance, and only with the discovery of the European porcelain the town regained some fame.
Meißen wasn't destroyed in WW2.

So, here we go. We will visit the Albrechtsburg with the cathedral, which dominates the town, later:






First we visit the old town, which s completely preserved. Lets go:

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We reach the town square with the Frauenkirche (church of our lady):

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The buildings on the town square are mostly from the Renaissance:





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The late-Gothic town hall:

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Old May 10th, 2012, 01:53 PM   #11
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Fantastic pictures! You did a great job.
It's nice to discover such a gem. I only knew the town for its porcelain production.

I'm waiting for more!
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This school above the town is Saint Afra, founded in 1543 as a princely state school (Fürstliche Landesschule), today a boarding school for highly gifted students from Saxony:



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View from the cemetery of Saint Afra with many tutors to the castle:



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Nice Renaissance portal:




Entry to the castle:





The old town below us:

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Castle bridge:




Old town:




Inner ward of the castle, with Gothic and newer buildings:

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Old May 10th, 2012, 02:17 PM   #16
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The spires of the cathedral were added in the early 20th(!) century:




Fresh colors for the castle, which was restored in the last couple of years:




Paddle steamer on the Elbe river, which connect Meissen and Dresden:

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The Spaar mountains along the Elbe are one of Germanys smallest wine-growing regions:





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The late-Gothic castle:





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The inside was decorated in the 19th century:



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I LOVE your pictures! (I knew I would, when I saw this gallery with your name.) And Meißen is a true beauty!
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