Germany, facts and history in brief
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Dresden is located on the river Elbe.
Dresden is the capital city of the German state
of Saxony, with a population of about 500,000.
A Slavic settlement on the right (northern)
bank of the river was joined in 1206 by
a German town on the left bank, the heart
of today's Altstadt (old town).
The seat from 1270 of the Wettin
landgraves of Meissen and from 1485
of the dukes (from 1547 also electors)
of Saxony, between 1806 and 1918 it
was the capital of the kingdom of
Saxony, a part from 1871 of the
The city's population quadrupled
from 95,000 in 1849 to 396,000 in 1900,
surpassing even its rapid growth
in the first half of the 18th century.
The city has suffered repeated damage:
by fire in 1491, from bombardment in
1760 and during the suppression of a
constitutionalist uprising in 1849.
Renowned for its architecture, and as a
center for elaborate porcelain manufacture
(based at nearby Meissen from 1710),
the city was largely destroyed by
Allied bombing in February 1945 near
the end of World War II.
In 2002, torrential rains led to
the Elbe flooding to 29 feet past
its 1845 record height,
damaging many landmarks.
One of the major restorations in
progress is that of the Frauenkirche,
or Church of Our Lady, which is being
rebuilt from the stones
of the original church.
For a more information about
Dresden see Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dresden) see Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, November 2005.
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