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Lichtenfels
Bavaria lif.png
Map of Bavaria highlighting the district of Lichtenfels
State Bavaria
Adm. region Oberfranken
Region Oberfranken-West
District seat Lichtenfels
Area 552 km²
Population 70,800 (2000)
Pop. density 136 /km²
Licence plate code LIF
Web page landkreis-lichtenfels.de

Lichtenfels is a district in Bavaria, Germany. It is bounded by (from the north and clockwise) the districts of Coburg, Kronach, Kulmbach, Bayreuth and Bamberg.

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History

In medieval times the Main river was a border between the two main states possessing lands in this territory: the bishopric of Bamberg, and the county of Andechs. The castle of Lichtenfels was property of Andechs, which later fell under the duchy of Merania. In 1248 the dukes of Merania became extinct, and the entire region was annexed by the clerical state of Bamberg. In 1803 the clerical states of Germany were dissolved, and the bishopric of Bamberg fell to Bavaria.

The district was established in 1972 by merging the former districts of Lichtenfels and Staffelstein.

Geography

The district is situated on both banks of the Main River in the hills of the Frankish Alb (Fränkische Alb).

Coat of arms

Coat of arms Yellow and blue were the colours of Andechs resp. Merania. The bishopric of Bamberg is symbolised by the heraldic lion of Bamberg. On the left side there are the orb and the crown of the Holy Roman Empire.

Towns and municipalities

Towns Municipalities
  1. Bad Staffelstein
  2. Burgkunstadt
  3. Lichtenfels
  4. Weismain
  1. Altenkunstadt
  2. Ebensfeld
  3. Hochstadt am Main
  4. Marktgraitz
  5. Marktzeuln
  6. Michelau in Oberfranken
  7. Redwitz an der Rodach

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Coordinates: 50°10′N 11°05′E / 50.17°N 11.08°E / 50.17; 11.08

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