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A German castle has existed on the narrow mountain ridge along the River Havel since 929. Emperor Otto the Great founded a bishopric here in 948, which was not permanently occupied until the mid-12th century. Premonstratensians constituted the cathedral chapter and began the construction of the cathedral, characterized by a broad westwork, in 1150. Anselm of Havelberg, the most important theologian from the bishopric, called it turris fortitudinis because the location of the cathedral chapter in the still pagan environment continued to be very p…

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Strohmaier-Wiederanders, Gerlinde, “Havelberg”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 17 July 2019 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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