The Bishopric of Magdeburg
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The Bishopric of Magdeburg (Years 968 to 1500)

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968 After the Synod of Ravenna decided on Magdeburg to become an Archbishopry in 967, the inauguration of the city’s first Archbishop Adalbert is celebrated at Christmas time. The dioceses of Brandenburg, Havelberg, Meißen, Zeitz and Merseburg are directly responsible to the Archbishopric.
973 Otto I dies in Memleben and is buried in the Magdeburg Cathedral. His son and successor Otto II confirms the gifts and privileges given by his father to the Archbishop’s church in Magdeburg.
975 Otto II grants the merchants of Magdeburg an exemption from tax within the borders of the empire and relieves them from the payment of any tax or levies.
1015/18 Archbishop Gero founds the Monastery of Our Lady as a collegiate church.
1129 The Premonstratensian order which was founded a few years earlier by Norbert von Xanten, the then Archbishop of Magdeburg, takes over and moves into the “Monastery of Our Lady”. Soon 16 monasteries of this order spread across the region.
1188 Archbishop Wichmann, one of the most important Archbishops in the history of Magdeburg, reforms the Magdeburg Law by granting the town charter privilege. Many cities located east of the river Elbe take on this law and henceforth belong to the so-called town charter family. Magdeburg becomes the High Court of Jurisdiction.
1207/09 On Good Friday the Ottonian cathedral falls victim to a devastating blast. Two years later Archbishop Albrecht, who was educated in France, arranges for the reconstruction of a French-style cathedral. It is the first Gothic cathedral on German soil. Magdeburg has its own stonemason’s lodge.
um 1235 -1270 Mechthild von Magdeburg lives in the city as a beguine and writes poems in the Low German language.
um 1240 The famous Magdeburg Horseman is erected on the Old Market. This beautiful piece of art is the only freestanding and fully three-dimensional equestrian statue of the High Middle Ages in Europe. Today, the original Magdeburg Horseman made of sandstone can be admired in the Cultural History Museum.
1294 The Archbishop is forced to concede municipal sovereign rights to the citizens. The Council acquires the Office of Mayor and with it full jurisdictional rights.
Ende 13. Jh. Magdeburg becomes a member of the Hanseatic League.
1497 Martin Luther is a student in Magdeburg.