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The city has a long history, with documented traces of human presence dating back to the Paleolithic. The first written mention of Brașov is found in a document signed by Prince Dragoș in 1408, as "a place for making salt". In 1690 it was destroyed by fire and rebuilt around the Fortified Church (Cetăţuia) at Piatra Craivii ("Rock Salt"), which became its symbol and landmark. From 1781 onwards it was the capital of Austrian Kronland County before being taken over by Romania following World War I; this marked an important stage in its development from an old fortified town into one of Transylvania's major urban centres. It is also historically linked with three revolutions: those against Ottoman rule (1821), against Habsburg domination (1917), and communist rule (December 1989). Braşov lies near the geographic centre of Romania at .