Order of Saint Michael (Bavaria)

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The Order of Saint Michael (German: Orden zum Heiligen Michael) or Royal Merit Order of Saint Michael (German: Königlicher Verdienstorden vom heiligen Michael) was founded in 1693 [1] by Joseph Clemens of Bavaria, then Archbishop-Elector of Cologne, as a Military order. Initially, this order was only open to the Catholic nobility.

Order of Saint Michael
Orden zum Heiligen Michael
Ridder in de Orde van Verdienste van de Heilige Michaël van Beieren voorzijde.gif
Badge of a knight of the order
Awarded by Archbishop of Cologne
King of Bavaria
CountryBlack St George's Cross.svg Electorate of Cologne
Kingdom of Bavaria Kingdom of Bavaria
TypeMilitary order 1693–1803
Merit order 1808–1918
StatusNo longer awarded
Established29 September 1693
Last awarded1918
Next (higher)Merit Order of the Bavarian Crown
Next (lower)Bavarian Maximilian Order for Science and Art
Ribbon of the order


  1. ^ Robertsom, Megan C. "Kingdom of Bavaria: Royal Merit Order of St Michael". Medals of the World. Retrieved 2011-08-22.