The largest city in the state of Saxony-Anhalt owes its prosperity first and foremost to salt mining, which started in the early Middle Ages. As early as 806, the salt works were protected by a fortress. Today, Halle is an industrial city, and also proud of its cultural identity, with a university tradition dating back to the 17C. It is also the birthplace of George Frederick Handel and each year it hosts a music festival in honour of this famous composer.
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