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The city of Paderborn is a large city in the eastern part of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia with over 150,000 inhabitants. It is located in the district of the same name and is its district town, is a university town, regional center and center of the Hochstift Paderborn region. The name refers to the sources of the Pader in today's city center.Paderborn was first mentioned in a document in 777, when a Reichstag and a mission synod were held in Paderborn under Charlemagne. The first Westphalian university was founded in Paderborn in 1614, which was later converted into an independent theological faculty. A new university was founded in 1972. The city has been the seat of a diocese since the ninth century; this was raised to an archbishopric in 1930.The city got its current boundaries through the incorporation of the surrounding communities in the course of the territorial reform in North Rhine-Westphalia in 1974, which made Paderborn a major city.Today Paderborn ranks 56th among the largest cities in Germany.
October 20, 2021
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