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Halle is a eastern German town associated with well-known figures like Handel, Luther, and Goethe. Closed off during the Communist East German era, much of the city became poor and desolate. Efforts of renovation are bringing back some of its lost luster. (2007)

Halle is famous as the birthplace of the composer Handel and his statue is prominent on the city square. Halle has a beautiful market square dominated by its famous "five spires" the largest being the Red Tower seen here. Having fallen into disrepair during the Communist ear, Halle is renovating building by building giving some interesting contrasts such as seen here. Though full of wonderful old buildings, much of new Halle is full of concrete Soviet blockhouses like these. Halle started as a salt mining town ('hal' is old German for salt) and its factory still stands as a historic reminder.