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Eisenstadt Cathedral (Eisenstadt)
Description of Eisenstadt Cathedral
Eisenstadt Cathedral is a late Gothic church that was
constructed in 1460 on a site of older medieval building. This small
Roman Catholic church was originally erected as a church that
served members of the royal army that were stationed nearby.
Presence of a Turkish threat from the East made Austrians aware of
possible dangers of unexpected intrusion. So they constructed
religious building with a military precision. The steeple of the
Eisenstadt Cathedral contains small holes that could be used by
defending soldiers inside. Turkish and Muslim threat from Asia was
crushed only in 1683 when Turkish armies were defeated near
The Cathedral of St. Martin or simply Eisenstadt
Cathedral and also called St. Martin's Cathedral and St. Rupert (in
German: Dom Sankt Martin und Sankt Rupert) is a Catholic cathedral
in Eisenstadt, Burgenland, Austria, dedicated to St. Martin. It has
been the seat of the Bishop of Eisenstadt since the creation of the
diocese in 1960. The first reference to a chapel dedicated to St.
Martin of Tours occurs in 1264, when Eisenstadt received its
original name, in Latin: minor Martin, in German: Kleinmartinsdorf
and in Hungarian: Kismarton.
From this chapel there are still
remains of a Romanesque base in the current choir area. In the 13th
century the chapel was enlarged with the addition of an early Gothic
choir. In the 14th century a chapel was added for the laity. In 1460
the church was rebuilt under the plan of the city 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 completed in 1522. After the great fire of
1589 almost 30 years passed before the reconstruction of the
severely damaged church took place, between 1610 and 1629.