Halle (Saale) is called the “Cultural Capital of Saxony-Anhalt” with good reason. Over the course of its 1,200 year history, Halle has become famous for its beautiful old town, the unique and romantic scenery along the Saale River, its tradition of Handel and the Francke Foundation. With a population of approximately 233,000, Halle is the largest city of Saxony-Anhalt and one of the five biggest cities in the New Länder, along with Berlin,Dresden, Leipzig, and Chemnitz. The town is known for its beautiful five towers,which can be found on the Market Square. The two round caps, as well as the two blue peaks of the Marienkirche Church and the Roter Turm tower.