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Emperor’s City Braunschweig – Otto IV.

Otto IV. was the son of Henry the Lion and was crowned, as the only Guelph ever, Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire on the 4th of October 1209. He came from one of the most influential and powerful families of his time. He found his final resting place in the collegiate church of his father which is today St. Blasii Cathedral. His parents and his first wife, Beatrix, are also buried there.

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The history of Braunschweig is closely linked with the story of this Guelph emperor. The time of his reign was a decisive period for Braunschweig and the region. Henry the Lion and his son laid down the foundations for the town's development at the turn of the 12th to the 13th century. Otto IV. certainly left his mark and some of those traces can still be found today. For example, he finished the construction of St. Blasii Cathedral, extended the city wall and built12 city gates.

The Emperor Year 2009

The Emperor Year 2009

Braunschweig celebrated the only Guelph Emperor with a variety of events. The Lower Saxony State exhibition ‘Otto IV. – Dream of a Guelph Empire’ told the multi- facetted history of this eventful time...

Emperor Otto IV.

Emperor Otto IV.

He made the dream of the Guelph empire come true: Otto IV., son of Henry the Lion and Mathilde of England was the only Guelph to attain the imperial crown.

Sights in Braunschweig

Sights in Braunschweig

Numerous medieval sights can be discovered in Braunschweig. The cathedral, castle, Burgplatz, several churches and the Monastery Riddagshausen are witnesses of the time of Otto IV. and his family in B...

Region

Region

The region around Braunschweig is full of evidence of the reign of the Guelph Emperor and has many unique historical buildings.