Dessau

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Dessau
View through the Footbridge over the river Mulde to St. Mary's Church, Johannbau and Townhall.
View through the Footbridge over the river Mulde to St. Mary's Church, Johannbau and Townhall.
Coat of arms of Dessau
Coat of arms
Country Germany
State Saxony-Anhalt
District Urban district
Government
 • Lord Mayor Klemens Koschig
Area
 • Total 244.62 km2 (94.45 sq mi)
Elevation 61 m (200 ft)
Population (2006-12-31)
 • Total 91,243
 • Density 372.999/km2 (966.063/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 06811-06849
06861
06862
Dialling codes 0340 (Dessau)
034901(Roßlau)
Vehicle registration DE
Website www.dessau.de

Dessau is a town in Saxony-Anhalt in Germany. The next larger cities are Halle (Saale), about 40 km southwest, Leipzig, about 52 km south and Magdeburg, about 54 km northwest. The city became well known for its college of architecture Bauhaus (Architecture House or Building House related to the German verb for "build") founded by Walter Gropius in Weimar. In July 2007 it was merged with Roßlau to the new city of Dessau-Roßlau.