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community Priestewitz
Coordinates: 51 ° 14 '43 "  N , 13 ° 26' 48"  E
Incorporation : January 1, 1994
Postal code : 01561
Area code : 03522

Zottewitz is a district of the Priestewitz community in the Meißen district in Saxony .

Geography and transport links

The area encompassing an area of ​​337 hectares is located about four kilometers west of the core town Priestewitz on the K 8554. The Ritzschke flows through the place, the Elbe flows to the west . The Seusslitzer Bach flows south and the Seusslitzer Grund nature reserve extends . The B 101 runs to the east .


See also: Zottewitz Palace

Zottewitz Palace (1899)
Zottewitz on a postcard from the Meißner Kunstverlag Brück & Sohn (1899)

Zottewitz is originally a narrow street village with a block and corridor . The place was first mentioned in 1277 as Zoutitz . Other forms of the place name were in the course of time: Zoutiz (1292), Zoutitz (1293), Zowetiz (1293), Czauticz (1378), Czouwticz (1378), Czauticz (1406), Schawtitz (1474), Zcawtitz (1528), Czottewitz (1528), Zothewitz (1555/56), Zöttewitz (1590) and finally in 1791 Zottewitz .

There have been a few changes of ownership over the centuries. Originally a fiefdom of the Meissen margrave , the Seusslitz monastery also owned shares around 1293 . In 1378 the place, the size of which was given as 14 hooves around 1406, belonged to Hayn Castle , from 1473 to 1586 it belonged to the von Taubenheim family . From 1597 until 1840 Zottewitz belonged to the old Meissen noble family von Schleinitz .

The mansion built in Zottewitz was later converted into a castle. It was originally designed as a defense system surrounded by a wall with four corner bastions and loopholes. The Saxon art historian Cornelius Gurlitt published a description of the Zottwitz Castle in volume 37 ( Amtshauptmannschaft Grossenhain (Land) ) of his 1914 book Descriptive Representation of the Older Architectural and Artistic Monuments of the Kingdom of Saxony . Accordingly, it was about 50 meters long, narrow, rectangular building with three upper floors. The historic building had a hipped roof and the narrow stair tower, which was located in the middle of the south side, had a tail hood and a lantern.

After the end of the Second World War, the subsequent effects of the notorious Order 209 of the Soviet Military Administration (SMAD) became doomed for Zottewitz Castle . The order of September 9, 1947 included measures to be taken to create new farms, but it was also used as an opportunity to destroy numerous smaller aristocratic residences in order to obtain the necessary building materials. In 1948 the Zottewitz Castle was blown up and almost completely demolished in the following period.

The village was originally incorporated into the church after Strießen. In the meantime it came to Merschwitz and from 1547 belonged to the parish of Seusslitz . In 1840 the population of Zottewitz was given as 300. A school was rebuilt in the village in 1891.

On July 1, 1950, the previously independent municipality of Döschütz was incorporated.

Zottewitz has been part of the Priestewitz community since January 1, 1994 .

Culture and sights

Several historical monuments and buildings are recorded in the local list of monuments. Under monument stands including two buildings on the site of the former manor here. The house from the middle of the 19th century is characteristic of the town today. It is a two-story building with a gable roof and a magnificent facade. Today the local village museum can be found here. A neighboring farm building is almost 300 years older. The single-storey house has a hipped roof. It is currently considered to be the oldest building in the village. There is also a 19th century pigeon house on the site, which is also a listed building.

Another striking building is the former mill, which was built as a tower Dutch mill and dates from 1721. The building, clearly recognizable as a mill in the present, has a conical roof and has been renovated. It now serves as a residential building.

In addition, a memorial for the fallen villagers of the First World War and a historical syringe house from the middle of the 19th century are architectural monuments.

Active associations are the local group of the volunteer fire brigade , founded in 1904, and the Zottewitz / Döschütz social association , which sees itself as a senior citizens' association and is also committed to homeland care.


  • Cornelius Gurlitt : Zottewitz. In:  Descriptive representation of the older architectural and art monuments of the Kingdom of Saxony. 37. Issue: Amtshauptmannschaft Grossenhain (Land) . CC Meinhold, Dresden 1914, p. 518.
  • Otto Mörtzsch: Historical-topographical description of the administrative authority in Großenhain . Regional Association of Saxon Homeland Security , Dresden 1935.

Web links

Commons : Zottewitz  - collection of images, videos and audio files
  • Zottewitz in the Digital Historical Directory of Saxony
  • Zottewitz. In: Media education project of the primary schools in the district of Meißen.

Notes and individual references

  1. a b c Zottewitz in the Digital Historical Directory of Saxony , accessed on December 18, 2017
  2. a b c d e Otto Mörtzsch: Historical-topographical description of the administrative authority in Großenhain . Landesverein Sächsischer Heimatschutz , Dresden 1935, p. 92 .
  3. Cornelius Gurlitt : Amtshauptmannschaft Grossenhain (country) . Dresden 1914, p.  518-523 ( Text Archive - Internet Archive ).
  4. Schloss Zottewitz on zottewitz.de in the internet archive archive.org ; accessed on December 18, 2017.
  5. a b c d e List of Monuments of the State of Saxony, accessed on December 18, 2017.
  6. a b Zottewitz. In: Media education project of the primary schools in the district of Meißen , accessed on December 18, 2017.
  7. ^ The local group of the volunteer fire brigade in Zottewitz on the homepage of the district of Meißen; accessed on December 18, 2017.
  8. List of the Priestewitz associations on the parish homepage; accessed on December 18, 2017.