city, Saxony Land (state), eastern Germany. It lies on the Lausitzer Neisse River, near the frontiers of Poland and the Czech Republic, southeast of Dresden. Originating as the Slav settlement of Sitowir, it was mentioned in 1230 and chartered in 1255, when it belonged to Bohemia. Zittau joined the federation of Lusatian towns in 1346 and fell to Saxony in 1635. Four 13th- and 15th-century churches still remain. A railway and road junction, Zittau is a centre of the textile industry. Machinery and pollution-abatement equipment are produced, and electrical engineering contributes to the local economy. There is a technical college in the city. Pop. (2003 est.) 26,096.
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