The Historian`s Meissen
|With a history
dating back more than a thousand years, Meissen has long been known as the
"cradle" of Saxony.
That the town is worthy of such a name is clearly seen in its
buildings - records of stone which bear witness to the different epochs of not only Saxon
history but also the history of the Holy Roman Empire with Germany at its centre.
Long ago, in the Middle Ages, the Wettin Princes became the margraves of Meissen, thus marking the beginning of Saxon history. Albrechtsburg Castle is regarded as being the first castle to be used a royal residence in the Germanspeaking world; built between 1472 and 1525, it is a fine example of late Gothic style. Today the castle, the former residence of the House of Wettin, is a museum which is just as popular with visitors as the cathedral, whose architecture is pure Gothic and whose Princes`Chapel is one of the most famous burial places of the Wettin family.
Equally imposing is the view from
the 57-metre high tower of the Frauenkirche ( Church of Our Lady ), situated in the old
Castle-Steps to the Albrechtsburg
© IS-Wodniok 23.01.06