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Albrechtsburg and Cathedral
Albrechtsburg and Cathedral
Coat of arms of Meissen
Coat of arms
Meissen is located in Germany
Location of Meissen within Meißen district
Meißen in MEI.svg
Coordinates: 51°10′N 13°29′E / 51.167°N 13.483°E / 51.167; 13.483Coordinates: 51°10′N 13°29′E / 51.167°N 13.483°E / 51.167; 13.483
 • MayorOlaf Raschke
 • Total30.90 km2 (11.93 sq mi)
Elevation106 m (348 ft)
Population (2016-12-31)[1]
 • Total27,984
 • Density910/km2 (2,300/sq mi)
Time zoneCET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes01654–01662
Dialling codes03521
Vehicle registrationMEI

Meißen (Sorbian languages: Mišno) is a town of about 30,000 near Dresden on both banks of the Elbe in the Free State of Saxony, in eastern Germany. Meißen is the home of Meißen porcelain. Meißen is the capital city of Meißen Rural District

During World War II, a subcamp of Flossenburg concentration camp was in Meißen.[2]

Porcelain[change | change source]

Porcelain bells in Meißen

Meißen is famous for the manufacture of porcelain. This is because there are big local deposits of china clay (kaolin) and potter's clay (potter's earth). Meißen porcelain was the first high quality porcelain to be produced outside of China.

The first European porcelain was made in Meißen in 1710, when the Royal Porcelain Factory was opened in the Albrechtsburg. In 1861, it was moved to the Triebisch valley of Meißen, where the Meißen porcelain factory can still be found today.

Notable residents[change | change source]

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References[change | change source]

  1. "Aktuelle Einwohnerzahlen nach Gemeinden 2016] (Einwohnerzahlen auf Grundlage des Zensus 2011)" (PDF). Statistisches Landesamt des Freistaates Sachsen (in German). July 2016.
  2. Christine O'Keefe.Concentration

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