Zerbst in Saxony-Anhalt

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Zerbst is a town in the district of Anhalt-Bitterfeld, in Saxony-Anhalt. The city has about 22,000 inhabitants and is locatd between Magdeburg and Wittenberg, near River Elber.

In 1745 princess Sophie Auguste Friederike von Anhalt-Zerbst married Peter III, successor to the Russian throne. As Catharine II (the Great) she was crowned in the Dormition Cathedral at Moscow Kremlin and reigned very successful as Empress of Russia from 1762 to 1796. Russia was revitalized under her reign, growing larger and stronger than ever and becoming recognized as one of the great powers of Europe.

St. Trinitatis church © Mazbln/cc-by-sa-3.0 Old city wall © Problembär99 Francisceum, the oldest Gymnasium in Saxony-Anhalt © Mazbln/cc-by-sa-3.0 Cavalier Houses © Mazbln/cc-by-sa-3.0 Catherine the Great statue © M H.DE/cc-by-3.0 City Hall © Mazbln/cc-by-sa-3.0
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Francisceum, the oldest Gymnasium in Saxony-Anhalt © Mazbln/cc-by-sa-3.0
On April 16, 1945 – just a few weeks before the final surrender of Nazi Germany – some eighty percent of Zerbst was destroyed in an Allied air raid. The Old Town was rebuilt in the following decades with a fundamental change of the townscape, only a few historical structures being preserved.

On July 1, 2006 the town of Zerbst was renamed Zerbst/Anhalt. A year later, on July 1, 2007, the city of Zerbst/Anhalt was incorporated together with several other municipalities of the Zerbst administrative district, making the renewed Anhalt-Bitterfeld administrative district with its capital at Köthen.

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