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Residenzplatz in the centre of Eichstätt
Eichstätt cathedral - view into the western choir
Eichstätt ( , formerly also Eichstädt or Aichstädt) is a city in the federal state of Bavariamarker, Germanymarker, and capital of the District of Eichstättmarker. It is located along the Altmühl Rivermarker, at , and had a population of 13,078 in 2002. It is home to the Katholische Universität Eichstätt-Ingolstadtmarker, the lone Catholic university in Germany.

St. Willibald founded the Bishopric of Eichstätt on the site of an old Roman station in 741. The city was chartered in 908 and ruled by a prince-bishop until secularization in 1802, and became a part of Bavaria in 1806. In 2008, the city celebrated the 1100th anniversary of its charter. Eichstätt was included as part of the Landgraviate of Leuchtenbergmarker, which Maximilian I Joseph of Bavaria granted to his son-in-law Eugène de Beauharnais in 1817 and an episcopal see was reestablished in 1821. The town reverted back to Bavaria in 1855. Eichstätt is famous for the quarries of Solnhofen Stone and Jurassic limestone. On the Blumenberg the Berlin specimen of Archaeopteryx was found by Jakob Niemeyer.

Mayor of Eichstätt is Arnulf Neumeyer (SPD).


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