Saarbrücken

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Saarbrücken (German pronunciation: [zaːɐ̯ˈbʁʏkən]; French: Sarrebruck, IPA: [saʁbʁyk]) is the caipital o the state o Saarland in Germany. The ceety sits at the hert o a metropolitan aurie that boonds wastwards tae Dillingen an northeastwards tae Neunkirchen, in which maist o the fowk o the Saarland live.

Saarbrücken uised tae be the industrial an transport centre o a great coal basin. Production includit iron an steel, sugar, beer, pottery, optical instruments, machinery, an construction materials. Housomeivver, ower the past decades the industrial importance o Saarland haes declined, as the minin industry haes become unprofitable.

Historic landmarks in the ceety include the stane bridge athort the Saar (1546), the Gothic kirk o St Arnual, the 18t century Saarbrücker Schloss (castle) an the auld pairt o the toun, the St. Johanner Markt. In 1815 Saarbrücken came unner Prussian control, and for twa periods in the 20t century (1919–35 an 1945–57) it became pairt o the Saar territory unner French administration. For this reason, coupled wi its proximity tae the French border, it retains a certain French influence.