city, Bavaria Land (state), southern Germany. It lies along the Isar River, north-northeast of Munich. It was the site of a castle in the 8th century, and, after the missionary bishop Korbinian came there in 724 and St. Boniface established the bishopric in 739, it became the ecclesiastical and cultural centre of old Bavaria. The bishopric was secularized in 1803, later reconstituted, and transferred to Munich in 1821.
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