Bressanone, the oldest city in Tyrol

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As early as 10,000 years ago human beings lived in the Bressanone basin. The first settlements date back to the Neolithic period. The “Pressena” recorded in a deed in 828 AD probably refers to Bressanone. In 901 AD Bressanone is recorded as “Meierhof Prihsna” in a Donation of Carolingian Louis IV to Bishop Zacharia of Sabiona. With the construction of the Cathedral, parish and bishop’s palace the settlement slowly grew to become a city. In 1150 it was surrounded with walls. For centuries Bressanone was seat of Prince Bishops with an influence far beyond its borders, acting as a bridge between Southern Germany and Upper Italy. Although the Renaissance left important marks on Bressanone, the city and its architecture are especially characterized by the Baroque period: The Cathedral was re designed and the Imperial Palace of Bressanone, the domicile and administrative office of the bishop, was developed to become a representative palace.
After the construction of the Brenner railway in 1867 Bressanone became a spa town in the South of Tyrol. During the First World War the garrison and hospital city of Bressanone experienced hard times. With the treaty of Saint Germain Bressanone and all of South Tyrol became part of the Kingdom of Italy. Fascism and the Second World War brought more desperate suffering to the city, which only improved after 1945. Although in 1964 the seat of the bishop was moved from Bressanone to Bolzano the city remained the main centre for the Catholic population of South Tyrol.
Today Bressanone is again the economic centre of Valle Isarco and the third largest city in South Tyrol with a very attractive historic centre.
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