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The Electoral Rhenish Circle (German: Kurrheinischer Reichskreis) was an Imperial Circle of the Holy Roman Empire. It was created in 1512 when the Prince Electors were added to the Imperial Circles and was populated with a few other territories along the Rhine. The Circle was substantially smaller and had less members than the other circles, although it was important as four of the original seven electors of the Empire were among its number.

Name

Type

Arms-Arenberg Arenberg (Aremberg)Duchy
Arms-Beilstein BeilsteinLordship
Arms-Cologne-Diocese CologneArchbishopric1512 - 1801; Elector
Arms-Teutonic-Order CoblenzBailiwick
Arms-Isenburg-Loweldsal Lower IsenburgCounty
Arms-Mainz-Diocese MainzArchbishopric1512 - 1806; Elector
Arms-Palatinate PalatinateCounty Palatine1512 - 1806; Elector
Arms-Rheineck RheineckBurgraviate1512 - 1806
Arms-ThurnTaxis Thurn and TaxisCountyPersonalist
Arms-Trier-Diocese TrierArchbishopric1512 - 1801; Elector


Former Estates of the Electoral Rhenish CircleEdit

Name

Type

Arms-Gelnhausen-FreeCity GelnhausenFree City1512 - 1745
Arms-Neuenahr NeuenahrCounty1512 - 1600
Arms-Reifferscheid ReifferscheidLordship1521 - after 1567
SelzProvostry1512 -
St Maximin in TrierAbbey1512 - 1669


Electoral Rhenish Circle
Arenberg | Beilstein | Coblenz | Cologne | Lower Isenburg | Mainz | Palatinate
Rheineck | Thurn and Taxis | Trier

Earlier Members
Gelnhausen | Neuenahr | Reifferscheid | Selz | St Maximin


Imperial Circles
Austrian | Bavarian | Burgundian | Electoral Rhenish | Franconian | Lower Rhenish-Westphalian
Lower Saxon | Swabian | Upper Rhenish | Upper Saxon

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