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Magdeburg (population approx. 290,000) is the capital of Saxony-Anhalt. The Carolingian Diedenhofen capitulary (805) mentions “Magedeburg” on the Elbe, already an old frontier trading settlement; for a brief period under Otto I, it became the civil and religious center of the empire. In 937 Otto founded the Abbey of St. Maurice, the cornerstone for his planned archbishopric for the Slavs, with the suffragan bishoprics of Brandenburg, Havelberg, Meissen, Merseburg, and Zeitz taken from the sees of Halberstadt and Mainz. His plan was realized between 955 an…

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Beyer, Michael, “Magdeburg”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 10 August 2020 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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