MEISSEN tourist attractions

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Meissen is associated primarily as a place of porcelain production. It was started during the time of August II Mocny, and the local workshop still works by producing porcelain by hand, using traditional methods.

The Meissen stronghold was founded on the Elbe in the 10th century to control the neighboring Slavic areas. From the very beginning it was the seat of a bishopric, and in the 13th century it received city rights. In the Middle Ages it was primarily a significant commercial center. The Gothic Cathedral of St. John and St. Donata, whose towers are over 80 m high.

On the hill, next to the cathedral, there is the Albrecht Castle. Its origins date back to the 10th century, and the body was formed in the 15th century during the last major expansion. Today, its interiors are open to the public. You can see not only valuable, historical interiors, but also a large collection of Meissen porcelain.

The history of porcelain production in Meissen is inseparably connected with the figure of King Augustus II the Strong from the Wettynów dynasty. He was the ruler of Poland and Saxony, an admirer of tinsel and wealth. He ordered his chemists to look for a recipe to produce gold. While gold was not obtained, it was possible to find a recipe for porcelain production. Called "white gold", Meissen became one of Europe's leading craft centers.

Manufacture in Meissen was the first porcelain producer in Europe. To this day, it is made using traditional methods. Products, from plates and cups to figurines and trinkets are made and decorated by hand, so that there are no two identical. In the manufactory, you can watch live craftsmen and learn more about production.

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