Albrechtsburg, Germany's oldest castle in Meissen, Saxony
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The Albrechtsburg is a Late Gothic castle located in the town centre of Meissen in the German state of Saxony. Built at the end of the 15th century on behalf of the two brothers, Ernest and Albert of Wettin, who jointly ruled Saxony, it towers majestically over the picturesque Elbe River valley, adjacent to the Meissen Cathedral on the castle hill.
Deemed the oldest palace building in Germany, the Albrechtsburg Castle Meissen has always been considered to be an architectural masterpiece of its time.
In 1710, it was Augustus the Strong (Sun King of Saxony) who gave the order to build the first European porcelain manufacture and for 150 years the “white gold” was produced in the late Gothic castle rooms. Its signature logo, the crossed swords, was introduced in 1720 to protect its production. It is one of the oldest trademarks in existence.
In the historic murals from the 19th century, you will discover a genuine “picture-book” of Saxon history presented in cellular vaults.
Both, the Albrechtsburg as well as the cathedral, have been elaborately restored and amaze by their magnificence and grandeur. - 45 minutes ago