Today in History - February 2nd. 1783 - Charles Frederick, Grand Duke of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach

February 2nd. 1783 marks the birth of Charles Frederick (in German: Karl Friedrich)
of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach.

Charles Frederick of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach - Source picture: Wikipedia


He was the eldest son of Charles August of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach and
Louisa of Hesse-Darmstadt.

On August 3rd. 1804 he married in St. Petersburg Grand Duchess Maria
Pavlovna of Russia. See my today in History on next link. They would have
four children.

When his father died in 1828, Charles Frederick succeeded him as
Grand Duke of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach. His capital, Weimar, became the
cultural center of Central Europe.

Many famous people like Johann Nepomuk Hummel, Franz Liszt and
Richard Wagner came to Weimar.

In 1850 Wagner's opera Lohengrin even was first performed in Weimar.

On July 8th. 1853, Charles Frederick, Grand Duke of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach
died at Schloss Belvedere. He became 70 years old.