Pegau

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Pegau
Coat of arms of Pegau
Coat of arms
Pegau   is located in Germany
Pegau
Pegau
Coordinates: 51°10′0″N 12°15′0″E / 51.16667°N 12.25000°E / 51.16667; 12.25000Coordinates: 51°10′0″N 12°15′0″E / 51.16667°N 12.25000°E / 51.16667; 12.25000
Country Germany
State Saxony
District Leipzig
Municipal assoc. Pegau
Subdivisions 3
Government
 • Mayor Peter Bringer
Area
 • Total 48.61 km2 (18.77 sq mi)
Elevation 127 m (417 ft)
Population (2013-12-31)[1]
 • Total 6,292
 • Density 130/km2 (340/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 04523
Dialling codes 03 42 96
Vehicle registration L
Website www.pegau.de

Pegau is a town in the Leipzig district in the Free State of Saxony, Germany, situated in a fertile plain, on the Weiße Elster, 18 m. S.W. from Leipzig by the railway to Zeitz.

It has two Evangelical churches, that of St. Lawrence being a fine Gothic structure, a 16th-century town-hall; a very old hospital and an agricultural school. In the 19th Century its industries included the manufacture of felt, boots and metal wares.

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Pegau grew up round a Benedictine monastery founded in 1096, but does not appear as a town before the close of the 12th century. Markets were held here and its prosperity was further enhanced by its position on a main road running east and west. In the monastery, which was dissolved in 1539, a valuable chronicle was compiled, the Annales pegavienses, covering the period from 1039 to 1227.

The town hosted witch trials in 1604-1605.

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