Poppo (archbishop of Trier)

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Archbishop of Trier
Bischof Poppo von Trier.png
ChurchCatholic Church
DioceseElectorate of Trier
In office1016–1047
Personal details
Bornc. 986
Died16 June 1047

Poppo von Babenberg (c. 986 – 16 June 1047) was the Archbishop of Trier from 1016 to his death.


Poppo was a son of Leopold I of Austria and his wife, Richardis of Sualafeldgau.

He was educated in Regensburg and appointed by the Emperor Henry II in 1007 to be the first provost of his new cathedral at Bamberg. When the Archbishop Megingod died in 1015, Henry selected Poppo to be his successor in Trier. He was consecrated by Erkanbald, Archbishop of Mainz, later in 1016 he was confirmed by Pope Benedict VIII.

Between 1028 and 1030, he travelled with the monk Symeon of Trier to the Holy Land. Later, Poppo had the monk buried in the Porta Nigra and on his word Pope Benedict IX canonised him. From 1037 to his death, Poppo was occupied extending Trier Cathedral westward. While inspecting construction on 16 June 1047, Poppo died. He was buried in the church of Saint Symeon in Trier, which he had founded. During the Second World War, his grave was completely destroyed.


  • Paul Wagner: Poppo (Erzbischof von Trier). In: Allgemeine Deutsche Biographie (ADB). Band 26, Duncker & Humblot, Leipzig 1888, S. 431–434.

External links[edit]

  • Literature by and about Poppo (archbishop of Trier) in the German National Library catalogue
  • "Poppo". Germania Sacra people index (in German). Göttingen Academy of Sciences and Humanities.
  • Wolfgang Schmid: Poppo of Babenberg in the Rhenish History Portal
  • Poppo of Babenberg in the Saarland biographies