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Order of St. 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
Country Black St George's Cross.svg Electorate of Cologne
Kingdom of Bavaria Kingdom of Bavaria
Type Military order 1693–1803
Merit order 1808–1918
Status No longer awarded
Established 29 September 1693
Last awarded 1918
Next (higher) Merit Order of the Bavarian Crown
Next (lower) Bavarian Maximilian Order for Science and Art
Ribbon of the order

The Order of St. Michael (German language: Orden zum Heiligen Michael) or Royal Merit Order of St Michael (German language: 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.


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

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