Magdeburg is the capital of the Bundesland of Saxony-Anhalt, Germany. It is located on the Elbe river.
As of 1999, its population was 245,500.
Magdeburg was one of the most important medieval cities of Germany.
Emperor Otto I stayed during most of his regency in the town and was buried in the cathedral after his death.
805 First recorded mentioning in the Diedenhof Capitulary as Magadoburg.
Although the settlement at the place had existed for centuries, the first mentioning of Magdeburg was under emperor Charlemagne, when he secured the small fishing and trading town.
919 king Henry I the Fowler fortified Magdeburg against the Magyars and Slavs.
929 Henry I arranged with king Edward the Elder for Edward's daughter Edith (Editha, Eadgyth) to marry Otto I, son of Henry.
1680 Magdeburg is annexed by Brandenburg and thus loses its status as an Imperial Free City.
1815 After the Napoleonic Wars the Prussian province of Saxony is established, with Magdeburg as its capital.
1945 After World War II Magdeburg is almost totally destroyed due to Allied air raids.
It is considered to be the third most destroyed city of Germany (after Dresden and Cologne).
American and Soviet troops occupy the city, but the Americans leave soon.
1990 Magdeburg becomes the capital of the new state of Saxony-Anhalt within reunified Germany.
The cathedral "Saint Catherine and Maurice" is the most impressive building of Magdeburg.
Monastery "Unser Lieben Frauen" (literally "Our Beloved Lady"), 11th century, containing the church St. Mary.
Town hall (1698); there has been a town hall at the marketplace since the 13th century, but it was destroyed in the Thirty Years' War; the new town hall was built in a Renaissance style influenced by Dutch architecture.
Landtag; the seat of the government of Saxony-Anhalt is a Baroque palace built in 1724.
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The city is quite beautiful and loads to see.
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