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A Saxon postal milepost (German: kursächsische Postmeilensäule, colloquially sächsische Postmeilensäule or Postsäule) was a milepost in the former Electorate of Saxony that gave distances expressed as journey times to the nearest eighth of an hour. With one hour being the equivalent of one league, this corresponds to a distance of about 566 m. The design of the mileposts varied according to the distance at which they were placed. They were hewn from natural stone into the shape of an obelisk, an ancient herma or a stele. Their prototype was the Roman milepost. From its German name römische Meilensäule the rather inaccurate German description of Säule (lit.: "column") was derived. The Saxon head postal director (Oberpostdirektor), Paul Vermehren, brought about their inception based on official distance surveys, whose results were given in leagues on the post mileposts. A league in Saxony at that time (1722 to 1840) was meant to be an hour's journey, equivalent to half a mile or 4.531 kilometres.

Saxon postal mileposts were set up during the reign of August the Strong and his successor along all important postal and trading routes and in almost all towns in the Electorate of Saxony to indicate the official distances. This was intended to be the basis for the creation of a unified calculation of postal charges. Because the territory of the Electorate of Saxony was larger than that of the present-day German state of Saxony, these mileposts are nowadays also found in the states of Thuringia, Brandenburg and Saxony-Anhalt, as well as in Poland.

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1455 Abduction of the Saxon Princes - 16th century The Reformation - 1525 Battle of Frankenhausen - 1806 Battle of Jena–Auerstedt - 1817 Wartburg Festival - 1920s Weimar National Assembly - 1937–45 Buchenwald concentration camp


Districts (including county towns where the name is different from the district):

1. Wappen Landkreis Altenburger Land.svg Altenburger Land (Altenburg)
2. Wappen Landkreis Eichsfeld.svg Eichsfeld (Heilbad Heiligenstadt)
3. Wappen Landkreis Gotha.svg Gotha
4. Wappen Landkreis Greiz.svg Greiz
5. Wappen Landkreis Hildburghausen.svg Hildburghausen
6. Wappen Ilm-Kreis.svg Ilm-Kreis (Arnstadt)
7. Wappen Kyffhäuserkreis.svg Kyffhäuserkreis (Sondershausen)
8. Wappen Landkreis Nordhausen.svg Nordhausen
9. Wappen Saale-Holzland-Kreis.svg Saale-Holzland-Kreis (Eisenberg)
10. Wappen Saale-Orla-Kreis.svg Saale-Orla-Kreis (Schleiz)
11. Wappen Landkreis Saalfeld-Rudolstadt.svg Saalfeld-Rudolstadt (Saalfeld/Saale)
12. Wappen Landkreis Schmalkalden-Meiningen.svg Schmalkalden-Meiningen (Meiningen)
13. Wappen Landkreis Sömmerda.svg Sömmerda
14. Wappen Landkreis Sonneberg.svg Sonneberg
15. Wappen Unstrut-Hainich-Kreis.svg Unstrut-Hainich-Kreis (Mühlhausen)
16. Wappen Wartburgkreis.svg Wartburgkreis (Bad Salzungen)
17. Wappen Landkreis Weimarer Land.svg Weimarer Land (Apolda)



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