Stolpen marketplace in October 2014
|• Mayor||Uwe Steglich (FDP)|
|• Total||60.85 km2 (23.49 sq mi)|
|Elevation||274 m (899 ft)|
|• Density||93/km2 (240/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)|
Burg Stolpen is a castle built on top of the Schloßberg. The first defensive works were built about 1100 and it was first documented in 1222. Owned by the Bishop of Meißen for nearly 350 years, it passed to the Electorate of Saxony and was expanded in Renaissance style. In 1675 it was further expanded as a fortress. Anna Constantia von Brockdorff, Countess of Cosel, was imprisoned in the castle from 1716 until her death in 1765. The castle fell into disrepair towards the end of the 18th century. It became a museum in 1875, and has been partly restored since then.
* over 10 years old
Twin towns — sister cities
Stolpen is twinned with:
- Hilzingen, Germany
- Amöneburg, Germany
- Garching an der Alz, Germany
- Jockgrim, Germany
- Sipplingen, Germany
- Sloup v Čechách, Czech Republic
- The Doll Family, a famous circus sideshow act, were born in Stolpen
- Christian Friedrich Henrici, also known as Picander, Bach's librettist (St Matthew Passion's text was written by him) was born here.
- "Aktuelle Einwohnerzahlen nach Gemeinden 2016] (Einwohnerzahlen auf Grundlage des Zensus 2011)" (PDF). Statistisches Landesamt des Freistaates Sachsen (in German). July 2016.
- "Chronik" [Timeline]. Burg Stolpen – Schlösserland Sachsen (in German). Retrieved 23 January 2014.
- "Naturdenkmal Stolpener Basalt" [Stolpen Basalt Natural Monument]. Burg Stolpen – Schlösserland Sachsen (in German). Retrieved 7 October 2012.
- Media related to Stolpen at Wikimedia Commons
- Media related to Burg Stolpen at Wikimedia Commons
- Official website (in German and English)
- Burg Stolpen (in German)
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