Short history of the town

Paderborn is a young, dynamic city with a history of 1,200 years. The city is proud of its lived traditions and its noteworthy past, which can be discovered in the following.

777

Charlemagne's first Frankish Imperial Assembly held on Saxon ground. In this context, the first documentary mention of Paderborn.

799

Meeting between Charlemagne and Pope Leo III in Paderborn: foundation of the bishopric and preliminary talks on crowning Charlemagne Emperor.

836

Transfer of the relics of St. Liborius from Le Mans to Paderborn; foundation of the oldest town twinning in Europe.

About 1000

Paderborn is awarded town status.

1295

Paderborn becomes a member of the Hanseatic League.

14th century

Paderborn is made a prince-bishopric.

1614

Foundation of the Theological University of Paderborn.

1802

The prince-bishopric Paderborn becomes part of the French "Kingdom of Westphalia".

1803

F. Sertürner, pharmacist of Schloß Neuhaus, discovers the morphine.

1813/14

After the fall of Napoleon, the former prince-bishopric Paderborn is handed over to the Kingdom of Prussia as part of the "Province Westphalia" (until 1933).

1945

Large-scale destruction of the old town due to mass bombing. After the war it was built up again, industry and trade were incorporated.

1972

Foundation of the University of Paderborn.

1975

Paderborn becomes a city.

1996

Visit by Pope John Paul II.

1999

Festival of the 1200th anniversary of the meeting between Pope Leo III. and Jubilee of the Bishopric.

2006

Great Exibition "Canossa 1077 - History, Art and Culture of The Romanesque Age"

2007

Paderborn is host to the "North-Rhine-Westphalia Day" with more than 600,000 visitors.

2013

Another large and much-visited historical exhibition takes place: "Credo - Christianisation of Europe in the Middle Ages".

2015

Paderborn welcomes about 30.000 hikers on "Deutscher Wandertag", a hiking festival.
The exhibitions "The Brueghel-Family" and "CARITAS - The Virtue of Charity from the Early Christians to the Present" host many visitors.

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