|Sophia of Saxe-Weissenfels|
|Princess of Anhalt-Zerbst|
|Born||23 June 1654|
Halle an der Saale
|Died|| 31 March 1724 69) (aged|
|Noble family||House of Wettin|
|Father||August, Duke of Saxe-Weissenfels|
|Mother||Anna Maria of Mecklenburg-Schwerin|
Sophia of Saxe-Weissenfels (also: Sophie; 23 June 1654 in Halle an der Saale – 31 March 1724 in Zerbst) was a member of the Albertine branch of the House of Wettin, and a princess of Saxe-Weissenfels and Querfurt by birth and by marriage Princess of Anhalt-Zerbst.
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