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Saxe-Meiningen (/ / SAKS MY-ning-ən; German: Sachsen-Meiningen [ˌzaksn̩ ˈmaɪnɪŋən]) was one of the Saxon duchies held by the Ernestine line of the House of Wettin, located in the southwest of the present-day German state of Thuringia.
Duchy of Saxe-Meiningen (1680–1918)
Free State of Saxe-Meiningen (1918–1920)
|Anthem: Vaterlandsgesang der Sachsen-Meininger|
|Status||State of the Holy Roman Empire, |
State of the Confederation of the Rhine,
State of the German Confederation,
State of the North German Confederation,
Constituent state of the German Empire
|Bernhard I (first)|
|Bernhard III (last)|
|Historical era||Early modern period|
• Partitioned from Saxe-Gotha
• Acquired Saxe-Hildburghausen
• Merged into Thuringia
Established in 1681, by partition of the Ernestine Duchy of Saxe-Gotha among the seven sons of deceased Duke Ernest the Pious, the Saxe-Meiningen line of the House of Wettin lasted until the end of the German monarchies in 1918.
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