Sigismund, Duke of Bavaria

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Sigismund of Bavaria, portrait by Jan Polack

Sigismund of Bavaria (26 July 1439 – 1 February 1501) was a member of the Wittelsbach dynasty. He ruled as Duke of Bavaria-Munich from 1460 to 1467, and then as Duke of Bavaria-Dachau until his death.

Biography[edit]

Sigismund was the third son of Albert III of Bavaria with Princess Anna of Brunswick-Grubenhagen-Einbeck his second wife.

Sigismund was Duke of Bavaria-Munich from 1460 to 1467, until 1463 together with his brother John IV. In 1467, he resigned in favor of his younger brother Albert IV and then kept only the new duchy of Bavaria-Dachau as his domain until his death.

In 1468, the foundation stone of the Frauenkirche in Munich was laid by Sigismund, he also ordered to enlarge Blutenburg Castle, to construct its chapel, and to build the church St. Wolfgang in Pipping nearby in 1488; the redesign of the ducal court Alter Hof was initiated by Sigismund as well who lived there for a time towards the end of the 15th Century and was generally a patron of the revival of Gothic arts in Bavaria.

Sigismund died on February 1, 1501 at Blutenburg Castle and was buried at the Frauenkirche in Munich.

Ancestors[edit]

Sigismund, Duke of Bavaria
Born: 1439 Died: 1501
German royalty
Regnal titles
Preceded by
Albert III
Duke of Bavaria-Munich
1460–1467
Succeeded by
Albert IV