Waldsassen

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Waldsassen
Waldsassen Basilica
Waldsassen Basilica
Coat of arms of Waldsassen
Coat of arms
Waldsassen   is located in Germany
Waldsassen
Waldsassen
Coordinates: 50°0′N 12°18′E / 50.000°N 12.300°E / 50.000; 12.300Coordinates: 50°0′N 12°18′E / 50.000°N 12.300°E / 50.000; 12.300
Country Germany
State Bavaria
Admin. region Oberpfalz
District Tirschenreuth
Government
 • Mayor Bernd Sommer (CSU)
Area
 • Total 66.54 km2 (25.69 sq mi)
Elevation 477 m (1,565 ft)
Population (2012-12-31)[1]
 • Total 6,812
 • Density 100/km2 (270/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 95652
Dialling codes 09632
Vehicle registration TIR
Website www.waldsassen.de

Waldsassen is a town in the district of Tirschenreuth bordering the Czech Republic in the Upper Palatinate, Bavaria.

As of June 2005, Waldsassen had a population of 7,483.

The town is famous for its Papal basilica, Stiftsbasilika Waldsassen, and the former Waldsassen Abbey, both in Baroque style. The latter contains the much visited Abbey library, whose wood carvings were completed by Karl Stilp in 1726.[2] Four km north of the town, on Glasberg hill, is the Chapel of the Trinity (Dreifaltigkeitskirche Kappl), built in 1689, and a popular pilgrimage destination.[3]

Waldsassen is twinned with Pencoed, in the district of Bridgend, Wales, UK

Notable personalities from the town include German footballer Dietmar Hamann.

History[edit]

A Cistercian abbey was founded at Waldsassen in 1133 by Diepold III, Margrave of Vohburg.[4]

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