|Coordinates: 51°10′N 13°29′E / 51.167°N 13.483°ECoordinates: 51°10′N 13°29′E / 51.167°N 13.483°E|
|• Mayor||Olaf Raschke|
|• Total||30.90 km2 (11.93 sq mi)|
|Elevation||106 m (348 ft)|
|• Density||910/km2 (2,400/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+01:00 (CET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+02:00 (CEST)|
Meißen (Sorbian languages: Mišno, Latin: Misnia, Misena) 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.
Porcelain[change | change source]
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]
- St. Benno (1010-1106), Bishop of Meißen
- Heinrich Frauenlob (died 1318), poet
- Johann Klaj (1616-1656), poet
- Johann Elias Schlegel (1719-1749), critic and poet
- Johann Adolf Schlegel (1721-1793), poet and clergyman
- Samuel Hahnemann (1755-1843), physician
- Karl G. Maeser (1828-1901), Mormon academic
- Ralf Schumann (born 1962), Olympic shooter
Related pages[change | change source]
References[change | change source]
- ↑ "Bevölkerung des Freistaates Sachsen nach Gemeinden am 31. Dezember 2021" (XLS) (in German). Statistisches Landesamt des Freistaates Sachsen. 2022.
- ↑ Christine O'Keefe.Concentration Camps.www.tartanplace.com/tartanhistory/concentrationcamps.html
Other websites[change | change source]
Media related to Meißen at Wikimedia Commons
- Municipal website (in German)
- Meissen Porcelain Archived 2007-08-11 at the Wayback Machine
- History of Meissen Porcelain Works
- Further information on Tourism Archived 2009-03-18 at the Wayback Machine
- Webcam Meissen Archived 2008-12-17 at the Wayback Machine (in German)