Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Germany - Görlitz

Görlitz, historical buildings in the historical town centre.

Sent by Ariane, a postcrosser from Görlitz in Germany.

This is from Wikipedia : Görlitz ([ˈɡœɐ̯lɪts ]; Upper Sorbian: Zhorjelc, Lower Sorbian: Zgórjelc, Czech: Zhořelec) is a town in Germany. It is the easternmost town in the country, located on the Lusatian Neisse River in the Bundesland (Federal State) of Saxony. It is opposite the Polish town of Zgorzelec, which was a part of Görlitz until 1945. Historically, Görlitz was in the region of Upper Lusatia. However, in 1815, some parts of Lusatia were integrated into the Province of Silesia, and later into the Province of Lower Silesia. Görlitz is the largest city of the former Province of Lower Silesia that lies west of the Oder-Neisse line and is hence the largest city of that province that is still part of Germany today. Therefore it is considered the most Silesian city, in terms of character, in Germany today. This is not unjustified since the city adapted to a large extent to the rest of Silesia when it was part of it administratively. It is the easternmost town in Germany and the capital of the district of Görlitz. Today the city combines Lusatian and Silesian traditions as well as German and Sorbian culture influenced by the proximity to Poland. Görlitz is the largest city in the Silesian part of the current Germany.

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