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Originating as a Slavic settlement in the Dark Ages, for more than three centuries, the town, the small city of Meissen (pop. 30,000), straddling the Elbe River of Saxony, had something of an outsize reputation as site of key events in Teutonic history but especially as the place where Europe’s first hard-paste porcelain was invented in 1710 and developed worldwide fame. That light dimmed a bit as Meissen Porcelain came under the control of Communist East Germany after World War II, limiting its world distribution and reputation, but since 1990 owned by the democratic Bundesrepublik‘s state of Saxony, it has flourished as well as become one of this charming city’s star attractions.

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