Countess Palatine Francisca Christina of Sulzbach (16 May 1696 in Sulzbach – 16 July 1776 in Essen) was the Princess-abbess of Essen Abbey and Thorn Abbey. She led Essen Abbey from 1726 to 1776, the longest of any Essen abbess. Her tenure was marked by disputes between the Abbey and the city, which were caused by her counselors.
Countess Palatine Francisca Christina of Sulzbach
|Born||(1696-05-16)16 May 1696|
|Died||16 July 1776(1776-07-16) (aged 80)|
|Buried||Steele (now part of Essen)|
|Noble family||House of Wittelsbach|
|Father||Theodore Eustace, Count Palatine of Sulzbach|
|Mother||Landgravine Maria Eleonore of Hesse-Rotenburg|
She founded the Princess Francisca Christina Foundation, which still maintains the orphanage she founded in Essen-Steele. Her father was Theodore Eustace, Count Palatine of Sulzbach and her mother was Landgravine Maria Eleonore of Hesse-Rotenburg.