|• Mayor||Gerti Töpfer (CDU)|
|• Total||58.70 km2 (22.66 sq mi)|
|Elevation||109 m (358 ft)|
|• Density||540/km2 (1,400/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)|
|Postal codes||01587, 01589, 01591, 01594|
|Vehicle registration||MEI, GRH, RG, RIE|
The name of the town Riesa is derived from the Slavic Riezowe her. This name, romanised as "Rezoa", appears first in October 1119 in a document from Pope Callixtus II.
The world's first 110 kV power line was inaugurated between Riesa and Lauchhammer in 1912.
The city grew from the start of the 20th Century due to industrialisation. 1952 wurde Riesa Kreisstadt. The population declined after German Reunification in 1989. The local steel works shut and the population fell from 52000 to 32000.
|Historical Population of Riesa|
Riesa has a 25m tall, 234 tonne, iron (GGG 40) sculpture of an oak trunk, named "Elbquelle", by Jörg Immendorff erected in 1999. There are many other names for the Elbquelle, for example "Rostige Eiche", which means "rusty oak". Many inhabitants of Riesa call the sculpture "Rostige Eiche", because it looks rusty.
In the city of Riesa there are two famous churches. The minster St. Marien arose in the year 1261 in addition to the Benedictine Abbey. The Trinitatis Church was constructed later, completion in the year 1897.
Riesa is also known locally for the Erdgasarena, a large hall which hosted the European Sumo Wrestling Championship in October 2003 and the World Sumo Wrestling Championship in October 2004.
Riesa is well known locally for its pasta, which is produced in the Teigwaren Fabrik Riesa . Another symbol of Riesa are the "Riesaer Zündhölzer", the matches which were traditionally manufactured there.
Very famous is also the steelproduction in Riesa.
Notable people from Riesa include the former footballer Ulf Kirsten. Riesa has a football club, BSG Stahl Riesa. The club's crest is blue and white, as are the club colours. They play now in the Landesliga Sachsen (6th. League).
Riesa is twinned with:
- "Statistisches Landesamt des Freistaates Sachsen – Bevölkerung des Freistaates Sachsen jeweils am Monatsende ausgewählter Berichtsmonate nach Gemeinden". Statistisches Landesamt des Freistaates Sachsen (in German). 6 September 2014.
- "Partner und Freundesstädte". Stadt Mannheim (in German). Retrieved 2013-07-26.
- Riesa tourism site
- Official Web site
- Official Web site of Stahl Riesa Footballclub
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