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Catherine of the Palatinate

Abbess of neuburg am neckar
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Date of birth Heidelberg, Karlsruhe Government Region, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
Date of death Jan 16, 1526 Neuburg Abbey, Heidelberg, Karlsruhe Government Region, Baden-Württemberg
Brother(s): John III of the Palatinate Frederick II Elector Palatine Louis V Elector Palatine Ruprecht of the Palatinate Philip of the Palatinate George of the Palatinate Henry of the Palatinate Wolfgang of the Palatinate
Sister(s): Helen of the Palatinate Amalie of the Palatinate Elisabeth of the Palatinate Landgravine of Hesse
Father: Philip, Elector Palatine
Mother: Margaret of Bavaria, Electress Palatine
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Catherine of the Palatinate (14 October 1499 in Heidelberg – 16 January 1526 in Neuburg Abbey) was a member of the Wittelsbach family and a titular Countess Palatine of Simmern. She was abbess of Neuburg Abbey.


Catherine was the youngest child of Elector Palatine Philip (1448-1508) from his marriage to Margaret (1456-1501), the daughter of Duke Louis IX of Bavaria-Landshut. In 1515, Catherine renounced her inheritance and entered the Benedictine Neuburg Abbey. She became abbess of the abbey.

Catherine died in 1526, at the age of 26. She was buried in the abbey church of Neuburg. Her grave stone can be found on the north wall of the nave, opposite the monastery portal. It is made of red sandstone and is shows, in bas-relief, Catherine wearing a nun's habit, with the abbess's staff and a book in her hands and a lion at her feet.

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