Bishopric of Regensburg

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For the modern diocese, see Roman Catholic Diocese of Regensburg.
Prince-Bishopric of Regensburg
Fürstbistum / Hochstift Regensburg
State of the Holy Roman Empire
13th century–1803

Coat of arms

Capital Regensburg Cathedral
Government Theocracy
Historical era Middle Ages
 •  Founded by St Boniface 739
 •  Gained Reichsfreiheit 13th century
 •  Regensburg Reichsfrei
    as Imperial City
 •  City annexed to Bavaria 1486–96
 •  City adopted Reformation 1542
 •  City made permanent
    seat of Reichstag
 •  Mediatised to new
 •  Ceded to Bavaria on
    Imperial collapse
January 6, 1806
Preceded by
Succeeded by
Duchy of Bavaria Duchy of Bavaria
Principality of Regensburg Archbishopric of Regensburg
1: The Bishopric, the Imperial City and all three Imperial Abbeys were mediatised simultaneously.

The Bishopric of Regensburg (German: Bistum Regensburg) was a small prince-bishopric (Hochstift) of the Holy Roman Empire, located in what is now southern Germany. It was elevated to the Archbishopric of Regensburg in 1803 after the dissolution of the Archbishopric of Mainz, but became a bishopric again in 1817.


The diocese was founded in 739 by Saint Boniface; it was originally subordinate to the archbishop of Salzburg. In the 13th century, the Bishopric of Regensburg became a state of the Holy Roman Empire. By the Reichsdeputationshauptschluss of 1803, the bishopric was united with other territories to form the Archbishopric of Regensburg, with Karl Theodor Anton Maria von Dalberg as archbishop. In 1810, this Principality of Regensburg became part of the Kingdom of Bavaria, although he retained archiepiscopal status. The Bavarian Concordat of 1817 after Dalberg's death downgraded the Archdiocese of Regensburg into a suffragan diocese subordinate to the archbishop of Munich and Freising.

Famous prince-bishops[edit]

Main article: Bishop of Regensburg

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Further reading[edit]

  • Josef Staber: Kirchengeschichte des Bistums Regensburg. Regensburg 1966 (in German)

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