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Bautzen is a picturesque town in Saxony, in eastern Germany. Its population is 40,000. The town lies on the River Spree, on hilltops.
Bautzen is called the town of 2 languages​​, 17 towers and 1,000 years of history.
The first traces of settlements date back to the 5th century, and it was first mentioned in documents from 1002, hence the 1000 years of history.
The town was founded by the tribe of the Sorbs and still live here side by side Sorbs and Germans, there are two official languages ​​and all the names of shops, streets and offices are written in two languages: German and Sorbian.
In the picture, taken from the Peace Bridge over the Spree, you can see three towers:
- Tower belonging to the ramparts, it was also a pumping station supplying the town with water from the river, built between 1495 - 1558,
- Church of St. Michaelis from the 15th century,
- Water tower built in 1877 in the ruins of the former Franciscan church.

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