Hildesheim

Hildesheim [ˈhɪldəsˌhaɪ̯m] (listen) is a city in Lower Saxony, Germany with 101,693 inhabitants.[3] It is in the district of Hildesheim, about 30 km (19 mi) southeast of Hanover on the banks of the Innerste River, a small tributary of the Leine River.

Hildesheim
Clockwise from top: St. Mary's Cathedral (UNESCO World Heritage Site), half-timbered houses at the Brühl street, St. Maurice Church on the Moritzberg, Marienrode Priory, St. Michael's Church (UNESCO World Heritage Site), St. Andrews Church, Roemer- und Pelizaeus-Museum and the Historic Market Place
Location of Hildesheim within Hildesheim district
Hildesheim
Hildesheim
Coordinates: 52°09′N 09°57′E
CountryGermany
StateLower Saxony
DistrictHildesheim
Government
  Lord mayor (202126) Ingo Meyer[1] (Ind.)
Area
  Total92.18 km2 (35.59 sq mi)
Elevation
81 m (266 ft)
Population
 (2020-12-31)[2]
  Total101,055
  Density1,100/km2 (2,800/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
  Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
Postal codes
31134–31141
Dialling codes05121
Vehicle registrationHI, ALF
Websitewww.hildesheim.de
St Mary's Cathedral and St Michael's Church at Hildesheim
UNESCO World Heritage Site
Ottonian architecture in St. Michael's Church
CriteriaCultural: i, ii, iii
Reference187
Inscription1987 (11th Session)
Area0.58 ha
Buffer zone157.68 ha

The Holy Roman Emperor Louis the Pious founded the Bishopric of Hildesheim in 815 and created the first settlement with a chapel on the so called Domhügel.

Hildesheim is situated on autobahn route 7, and hence is at the connection point of the North (Hamburg and beyond) with the South of Europe.

With the Hildesheim Cathedral and the St. Michael's Church, Hildesheim became a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1985.

In 2015 the city and the diocese celebrated their 1200th anniversary.


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