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Eichstätt, formerly also Eichstädt or Aichstädt is a city in the state of Bavaria, Germany. It is the capital of the District of Eichstätt. It lies along the Altmühl River, at 48°53′30″N 11°11′0″E / 48.89167°N 11.183333°E / 48.89167; 11.183333. 13,078 people lived in the town in 2002.

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St. Willibald founded the Bishopric of Eichstätt on the site of an old Roman station in 741. The city was chartered (given town-rights) in 908. It was governed by a prince-bishop until 1802. It became a part of Bavaria in 1806.

It is home to the Katholische Universität Eichstätt-Ingolstadt, the only Catholic university in Germany.

Eichstätt is famous for the quarries of Solnhofen Stone and Jurassic limestone. On the Blumenberg the Berlin specimen of Archaeopteryx was found.

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