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Riesa

Trip Planner Europe  /  Germany  /  Saxony  /  Riesa
(4.2/5 based on 50+ reviews for 9 attractions)
Things to do: zoos & aquariums, sightseeing, nightlife
Riesa is a town in the district of Meißen in the Free State of Saxony, Germany. It is located at the river Elbe, approx. 40km northwest of Dresden.HistoryThe name of the town Riesa is derived from the Slavic Riezowe her. This name, romanised as "Rezoa", appears first in October 1119 in a document from Pope Callixtus II.The world's first 110 kV power line was inaugurated between Riesa and Lauchhammer in 1912. Between 1952 and 1994 Riesa was the seat of a district.During the 1980s Riesa was the headquarters of the Group of Soviet Forces in Germany's 9th Tank Division.Population historyThe city grew from the start of the 20th Century due to industrialisation. The population declined after German Reunification in 1989. The local steel works shut and the population fell from 52000 to 32000.SightsRiesa has a 25m tall, 234 tonne, iron sculpture of an oak trunk, named "Elbquelle", by Jörg Immendorff erected in 1999. There are many other names for the Elbquelle, for example "Rostige Eiche", which means "rusty oak". Many inhabitants of Riesa call the sculpture "Rostige Eiche", because it looks rusty.In the city of Riesa there are two famous churches. The minster St. Marien arose in the year 1261 in addition to the Benedictine Abbey. The Trinitatis Church was constructed later, completion in the year 1897.
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