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Riesa (rēˈzä) [key], city (1994 pop. 42,656), Saxony, E central Germany, on the Elbe River. It is a river port, rail junction, and industrial center. Manufactures include tires, soap, and building materials. There is also food processing. Riesa developed around a 12th-century Benedictine monastery (now in ruins).

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