Ignác Batthyány

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Ignác Batthyány

Ignác Batthyány , German Ignaz von Batthyány , (born June 30, 1741 in Güssing (Németújvár), Kingdom of Hungary ; † November 17, 1798 in Alba Iulia (Karlsburg) , Grand Duchy of Transylvania ) was a Hungarian Roman Catholic bishop in Transylvania.


Batthyány came from an old and widely ramified Hungarian noble family who, as magnates , counts and princes, later belonged to the most important families in Austria and Hungary. He worked as a librarian at the Collegium Germanicum et Hungaricum in Rome . At that time the Collegium had its seat at the church of Sant'Apollinare , which is why it was also called Collegium Apollinare. In his function as Erlauer canon and provost , he also acted as editor. When he was appointed bishop of Karlsburg (Weißenburg) in 1781 , he made a name for himself as "an ardent protector and promoter of the sciences in Transylvania ".

Already during his lifetime Battyány had his valuable library - among other things, he owned a partial volume of the Lorsch Gospel since 1785 - and a legacy of 40,000 Fl. assigned to the Karlsburg observatory . This astronomical facility was founded by himself in 1796. The library, later known under the name “Batthyaneum”, was incorporated into the Romanian National Library in 1961 .

Works (selection)

  • Leges ecclesiasticae regni Hungariae . Karlsburg 1785.
  • Gerard von Csanád : Acta et scripta . Karlsburg 1790 (editor).


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predecessor Office successor
László von Kollonich Bishop of Transylvania
1780 - 1789
József Mártonfi