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  • Saxon post milestone
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    Saxon post milestone

    A Saxon post milestone (German: kursächsische Postmeilensäule, colloquially sächsische Postmeilensäule or Postsäule) was a milestone in the former Electorate of Saxony that gave distances and journey times to the nearest eight of an hour. The design of the milestones varied according to the distance at which they were placed. They were hewn out of natural stone and could take the shape of an obelisk, an ancient herma or a stele. Their prototype was the Roman milestone, in German a römische Meilensäule, from which the rather inaccurate German description of Säule (lit.: "column") was derived. The Saxon head postal director (Oberpostdirektor), Paul Vermehren, brought about their inception based on official distance surveys, whose results were given in leagues on the post mileposts. A league in Saxony at that time (1722 to 1840) was meant to be an hour's journey, equivalent to half a mile or 4.531 kilometres.

    Saxon post milestones were set up during the reign of August the Strong and his successor along all important postal and trading routes and in almost all towns in the Electorate of Saxony to indicate the official distances. This was intended to be the basis for the creation of a unified calculation of postal charges. Because the Electorate of Saxony was at that time larger that the present-day German state of Saxony, these milestones are also found nowadays in the states of Thuringia, Brandenburg and Saxony-Anhalt, as well as in Poland.

    The locations and images of surviving or replaced Saxon milestones may be seen in the Gallery of Saxon post milestones.

  • Dohna Castle
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    Dohna Castle

    Dohna Castle (German: Burg Dohna, Czech: Donin) on the road from German Saxony to Bohemia was the seat of the burgraves of Dohna. Of the old, once imposing double castle only a few remnants of the walls remain. The ruins of the old castle are located on the hill of Schlossberg near the subsequent suburb of the town of the same name, Dohna, in the district of Sächsische Schweiz-Osterzgebirge in Saxony.

    Dohna Castle was probably founded around A.D. 950 by Emperor Otto I (936–973) on the Schlossberg hill on the site of a Sorbian fortification. This region around the Schlossberg had been a Sorbian settlement from prehistoric times. The name of the settlement was Donin, from which the castle received its name. The castle was the centre of the imperially immediate lordship of the burgraves of Dohna. They had the task of guarding the trade route to Bohemia, keeping the conquered Sorbs in check and protecting emissaries of the church.



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Dohna is a town in the Sächsische Schweiz-Osterzgebirge district, Saxony, Germany. It is located south of Heidenau (Heidenau vacation rentals | Heidenau travel guide). It is located in the Müglitz valley and lies west of the Eastern Ore Mountains. It was known as Donin in 1107, 1160 and until 1206. Donyn in from 1288 to 1408. Doneyn unwil 1454 and other forms were Dhonin, Donow and became Dohna. The name comes from Property of the Doň(s) from the Bohemian first name Zdoň.

Dohna is a town in the Sächsische Schweiz-Osterzgebirge district, Saxony, Germany. It is located south of Heidenau (Heidenau vacation rentals | Heidenau travel guide). It is located in the Müglitz valley and lies west of the Eastern Ore Mountains. It was known as Donin in 1107, 1160 and until 1206. Donyn in from 1288 to 1408. Doneyn unwil 1454 and other forms were Dhonin, Donow and became Dohna. The name comes from Property of the Doň(s) from the Bohemian first name Zdoň.

It is accessed by routes 172 and 172A, and by the A17 at the Pirna (Pirna vacation rentals | Pirna travel guide) interchange.

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More about the History of Dohna

Dohna is one of the oldest towns in Saxony. It dates back to the 16th century BC and the Bronze Age. It was first mentioned in 960 in a document by emperor Otto I. It was linked by the Bohemian Road and the Old Dresden to Teplitz Post Road. The burgraviate was situated between the Margraviate of Meissen, the Kingdom of Bohemia and Gottleuba. The Donins were defeated in 1402 in the Dohna Feud. The castle was the seat until 1460 as it moved to Sonnenstein Castle in Pirna. Its constitution was established in 1845. The city was devastated by French and Russian troops during the Napoleonic Wars. In 1999, Köttewitz and Krebs joined Dohna. In January 1, 2002, Dohna became the seat of Verwaltungsgemeinschaft Dohna.

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Dohna is a town in the Sächsische Schweiz-Osterzgebirge district, Saxony, Germany. It is located south of Heidenau. It is located in the Müglitz valley and lies west of the Eastern Ore Mountains. It was known as Donin in 1107, 1160 and until 1206. Donyn in from 1288 to 1408. Doneyn unwil 1454 and other forms were Dhonin, Donow and became Dohna. The name comes from Property of the Doň(s) from the Bohemian first name Zdoň.

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