St. Martin's Cathedral - Eisenstadt, Austria
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N 47° 50.715 E 016° 31.501
33T E 614098 N 5300226
Quick Description: The Roman Catholic cathedral dedicated to Saint Martin. It has been the seat of the Bishop of Eisenstadt since the creation of the diocese in 1960.
Location: Burgenland, Austria
Date Posted: 10/14/2014 2:31:42 AM
Waymark Code: WMMNBK
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Dorcadion Team
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Long Description:
The first reference to a chapel dedicated to Saint Martin of Tours occurs in 1264, when Eisenstadt received its original name, in Latin: minor Martin, in German: Kleinmartinsdorf and in Hungarian: Kismarton ("Little Martin's village").

From this chapel there are still remains of a Romanesque foundation in the area of the present choir. In the 13th century the chapel was extended by the addition of an early Gothic choir. In the 14th century a chapel for lay people was added. In 1460 the church was rebuilt under the town captain Johann Siebenhirter as a fortified or defensive church, as an attack by the Turks was expected after the Fall of Constantinople in 1453.

The Gothic building was finished in 1522. After the great fire of 1589 amlost 30 years passed before construction of the severely damaged church took place, between 1610 and 1629.

In 1777 a large altarpiece by Stefan Dorffmeister was added, depicting "The Transfiguration of St. Martin". In the following year the Viennese organ builder Malleck installed an organ to instructions from Joseph Haydn.

After the creation of the Diocese of Eisenstadt, St. Martin's Church was elevated to the rank of cathedral in 1960. Saint Martin became the patron saint of the diocese and the Land. Under Bishop Stephan László in 1960 the interior and windows were renewed.

In 2003 under Bishop Paul Iby the cathedral was remodelled to designs by the architects Lichtblau-Wagner. The service of consecration on 12 April 2003 and the dedication of the altar marked the end of the renovation after a year's construction work.

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Type of Church: Cathedral

Status of Building: Actively in use for worship

Dominant Architectural Style: Gothic, Renessaince

Archdiocese: Vienna

Diocese: Eisenstadt

Domplatz 1
Eisenstadt, Austria

Relvant Web Site: [Web Link]

Date of organization: Not listed

Date of building construction: Not listed

Associated Shrines, Art, etc.: Not listed

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