Principality of Brixen

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PRINCIPALITY OF BRIXEN

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Origin/meaning

The Principality Brixen (now Brixen/Bressanone, Italy) was from 1179-1803 an independent state ruled by the Abbots of Brixen Abbey. In 1803 it was incorporated into Austria-Hungary. The arms show the Paschal Lamb, symbol of St. John, the patron saint of the Abbey. The arms are also used by the modern city of Brixen.


Literature : Ströhl, 1890