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The Augustus Bridge is a road bridge over the Elbe in Dresden and connects the historic core of the old town and the new town, which was the independent city of Altendresden until the 16th century. Originally it was the largest bridge construction of the German High Middle Ages and one of the largest medieval transport structures in Europe. Under August the Strong, the bridge was fundamentally redesigned by Matthäus Daniel Pöppelmann and replaced between 1907 and 1910 by a new building by Hermann Klette and Wilhelm Kreis. From 1949 to 1990 it was called the Georgi Dimitroff Bridge.

The first documented mention of the burgraves of Dohna dates back to around 1230. The Augustus Bridge was also an important part of the trade routes between Prague and the trade fair city of Leipzig.

Under August the Strong, the famous baroque master builder Matthäus Daniel Pöppelmann, together with the council master builder Johann Gottfried Fehre, extensively redesigned the bridge from 1727 to 1731.
It was impressive for the time because of its size, especially the width of the roadway, and was named Augustus Bridge after its builder. It was one of the historical monuments of baroque Dresden.
The Augustus Bridge connected the two fortresses of the new town and the old town. Around the same time, Saxony expanded the postal system. The Augustus Bridge was an important crossing of the Elbe beyond the borders of Dresden.

Today the bridge is still on of the most important bridges in Dresden.

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