Maria Hall

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Maria Saal (Austria)
Maria Hall
Basic data
Country: Austria
State : Carinthia
Political District : Klagenfurt-Land
License plate : KL
Surface: 34.84 km²
Coordinates : 46 ° 41 ′  N , 14 ° 21 ′  E Coordinates: 46 ° 40 ′ 51 ″  N , 14 ° 20 ′ 55 ″  E
Height : 505  m above sea level A.
Residents : 3,864 (Jan 1, 2020)
Population density : 111 inhabitants per km²
Postal code : 9063
Area code : 0 42 23
Community code : 2 04 18
Address of the
municipal administration:
Am Platzl 7
9063 Maria Saal
Mayor : Anton Schmidt ( ÖVP )
Municipal Council : ( 2015 )
(23 members)

9 ÖVP , 7 SPÖ , 4 Greens , 3 FPÖ

7th 4th 
A total of 23 seats
Location of Maria Saal in the Klagenfurt-Land district
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View of Maria Saal
View of Maria Saal
Source: Municipal data from Statistics Austria

Maria Saal ( Slovenian Gospa Sveta ) is a market town with 3864 inhabitants (as of January 1, 2020) and a place of pilgrimage in the Klagenfurt-Land district in Carinthia . The place is best known for its Marienkirche .


The village of Maria Saal is visible from afar on a hill in the east of the Zollfeld , an approximately ten kilometer long valley level of the Glan between Magdalensberg and Ulrichsberg , which connects to Klagenfurt to the north . The municipality extends on both sides of the Zollfeld and is traversed by Glan and Raba .

Community structure

The community is divided into the five cadastral communities Kading, Karnburg , Möderndorf, Possau and St. Michael am Zollfeld. The municipality includes the following 37 localities (population as of January 1, 2020):

  • Arndorf (106)
  • Bergl (4)
  • Dellach ( Dole ) (146)
  • Groblach ( Groblje ) (5)
  • Hard ( Dobrava ) (6)
  • Höfern ( Dvorec ) (18)
  • Jewish village ( Zeduška vas ) (4)
  • Kading ( Kadin (a) ) (225)
  • Karnburg ( Krnski Grad ) (591)
  • Kuchling ( Kuhlinj ) (106)
  • Lind ( Lipa ) (3)
  • Maria Saal ( Gospa Sveta ) (1086)
  • Meilsberg ( Male Čepe ) (70)
  • Meiselberg ( Majzljica ) (4)
  • Möderndorf ( Modrinja vas ) (65)
  • Poppichl ( Podpolje ) (64)
  • Pörtschach am Berg ( Poreče na gori ) (51)
  • Possau ( Pošev ) (41)
  • Prikalitz ( Britvalica ) (0)
  • Ratzendorf ( Podkanja vas ) (225)
  • Rose village ( Rožna vas ) (29)
  • Rotheis ( Rotišče ) (16)
  • Sagrad ( Zagrad ) (89)
  • St. Michael am Zollfeld ( Šmihel na Gosposvetskem polju ) (193)
  • Stegendorf ( Štegna vas ) (62)
  • Mare ( Žrebiče ) (17)
  • Techmannsdorf (8)
  • Thurn ( Turn ) (14)
  • Töltschach (2)
  • Treffelsdorf ( Trebeša vas ) (2)
  • Walddorf (176)
  • Willersdorf ( Štrebuncji ) (25)
  • Winklern (38)
  • Wrießnitz ( Breznica ) (139)
  • Voucher ( Bučinja vas ) (102)
  • Zell ( Sele ) (90)
  • Zollfeld ( Gosposvetsko polje ) (42)


In the 1st century AD, the provincial capital Virunum on Magdalensberg , in Zollfeld, was established by the Roman Emperor Claudius as a successor settlement to the around 15 BC. Celtic capital Noreia in the province of Noricum .

The first Christianization of the area around 300 came from the Patriarchate Aquileia , with Virunum becoming a bishopric. Around 590 Slavs occupied and settled Carinthia as well as parts of today's federal states of Styria and Salzburg ; Virunum was mentioned for the last time in 591. The capital of the principality founded here by the Slavs had its seat of government ( Curtis Carantana ) in Karnburg at the foot of the Ulrichsberg; Today, Karnburg is a village belonging to the municipality, a few kilometers west of today's village of Maria Saal.

Valvasor's engraving from 1680

Before 767, the Salzburg bishop Virgil sent Chorbishop Modestus with clergy to Carantania. The second wave of Christianization in Carinthia was initiated from Maria Saal.

Karnburg was later also the center of the Carinthian duchy, Arnulf of Carinthia had an imperial palace here . In Karnburg, the Dukes of Carinthia were installed on the Fürstenstein , then blessed in the Marienkirche in Maria Saal, built in the 8th century under Modestus . In the 9th century the Duke's Chair was built, where the Duke swore the estates , gave fiefs and spoke justice.

In the second half of the 15th century, the Marienkirche was expanded into a fortress to protect the farmers during the Turkish invasions in Carinthia. After a fire it was rebuilt between 1670 and 1674, and in 1687 Mathias Landsmann cast a bell weighing 6,608 kg from cannons left behind by the Turks; the Maria Saalerin is the largest bell in Carinthia and sounds on the strike tone f sharp 0 .

In 1859 Maria Saal came to the diocese of Gurk and with that the respective Gurk bishop also became provost of Maria Saal.

In 1930 the community was elevated to a market.


According to the 2001 census, the market town of Maria Saal has 3838 inhabitants, 96.7% of whom are Austrian citizens.

83.7% of the community population profess to the Roman Catholic Church , 4.0% to the Evangelical Church and 1.0% to Islam . 9.0% of the population have no religious beliefs.

Source: Statistics Austria , census results

From 1991 to 2001 both the birth balance and the migration balance were positive in Maria Saal . In the following ten years the birth balance flattened out, but remained positive, while the migration balance turned negative.

Culture and sights

Archaeological dig sites

  • Virunum II
  • Roman amphitheater
  • Roman stage theater




Chapels, churches and provosts

  • Pilgrimage church "Mariae Himmelfahrt" with fortifications, charnel house, provost and dean building
  • Pfalzkirche Karnburg with Anna Chapel
  • Tanzenberg Castle Church
  • Modestusstöckl, a small chapel with a Modestuss statue attached to a residential building
  • Parish Church of St. Lambert in Pörtschach am Berg. The church was founded by the first Carinthian Duke Otto I ; originally a monastery was planned at this location. Today's church building is a Romanesque choir tower church with a Baroque style with a massive, baroque onion dome on the east side and a simple, covered west portal.
  • Parish church Sankt Michael am Zollfeld
  • Filial church of St. Leonhard in Arndorf
  • Filial church of St. Martin in Lind
  • Filial church of Saints Primus and Felician in Possau
  • Chapel at the Brandlhof in Höfern 1
  • Castle chapel in Töltschach 1
  • Branch church Möderndorf

Mansions and locks

Regular events

During the ten-day International Sculpture Symposium in Maria Saal, which has been held annually since 2002, renowned artists from the Alps-Adriatic region work in public and "open air" in the center of Maria Saal and numerous artistic events in the most varied of art fields take place. During this time, the public can observe the creative process of the artists, enter into conversation with them and thus renew or deepen their access to the visual arts. Work is going on around the cathedral, in which - also an example of contemporary art - the religious frescoes (1925) by the Austrian painter Herbert Boeckl can be seen.


Municipal council

Market town office in Maria Saal
Schnerichweg in Maria Saal

The municipal council of Maria Saal has 23 members and has been composed as follows since the municipal council election in 2015 :

The directly elected mayor has been Anton Schmidt (ÖVP) since 2009.

coat of arms

The coat of arms of Maria Saal shows the Carinthian national colors in the background and the Herzogstuhl in front of it . It was awarded to the market town on November 14, 1931 with the following official blazon :

"The Carinthian 'Duke's Chair', made of uncut stone blocks and slabs, rises naturally on a lawn in a shield divided twice by gold, red and silver."

The flag is yellow-red-white with an incorporated coat of arms.

Twin cities



  • Alfred Ogris, Wilhelm Wadl (Ed.): Market community Maria Saal. History - culture - nature . Publishing house of the Kärntner Landesarchiv, Klagenfurt 2007, ISBN 978-3-900531-66-9

Web links

Commons : Maria Saal  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Statistics Austria: Population on January 1st, 2020 by locality (area status on January 1st, 2020) , ( CSV )
  2. Maria "Saal", Latin Solium , contains the same original word as "Zoll" field; see customs field
  3. ^ Statistics Austria, A look at the community of Maria Saal, population development. Retrieved February 16, 2019 .
  5. ^ Quoted from Wilhelm Deuer: The Carinthian municipal coat of arms . Verlag des Kärntner Landesarchiv, Klagenfurt 2006, ISBN 3-900531-64-1 , p. 186