Sankt Paul im Lavanttal

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St. Paul in the Lavant Valley
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Sankt Paul im Lavanttal (Austria)
Sankt Paul im Lavanttal
Basic data
Country: Austria
State : Carinthia
Political District : Wolfsberg
License plate : WHERE
Surface: 47.46 km²
Coordinates : 46 ° 42 '  N , 14 ° 52'  E Coordinates: 46 ° 42 '7 "  N , 14 ° 52' 7"  E
Height : 412  m above sea level A.
Residents : 3,273 (January 1, 2020)
Population density : 69 inhabitants per km²
Postal code : 9470
Area code : 0 43 57
Community code : 2 09 18
Address of the
municipal administration:
Place St. Blasien 1
9470 St. Paul in Lavanttal
Mayor : Stefan Salzmann ( SPÖ )
Municipal Council : ( 2015 )
(23 members)
11 7th 
A total of 23 seats
  • SPÖ : 11
  • Future St. Paul - Adi Streit : 7
  • FPÖ : 3
  • ÖVP : 2
Location of St. Paul im Lavanttal in the Wolfsberg district
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Town hall and pen
Town hall and pen
Source: Municipal data from Statistics Austria

Sankt Paul im Lavanttal , officially St. Paul im Lavanttal , is a market town with 3273 inhabitants (as of January 1, 2020) in the Wolfsberg district in Carinthia .


The St. Paul market is located in the Lavant Valley near the confluence of the Granitzbach and Lavant . A large part of the municipality is located in the Granitztal and on the foothills of the Saualpe .

Community structure

View of Sankt Paul from the Rabenstein castle ruins
St. Paul Abbey
Rabenstein castle ruins
Windisch-Grutschen with the Koralpe in the background
St. Paul and its surroundings around 1878 (recording sheet of the state survey )

The community is divided into the eight cadastral communities Granitztal-St. Paul, Granitztal-Weissenegg, Johannesberg, Legerbuch, Kollnitz, Sankt Paul, Loschental and Weinberg. The municipality includes the following 21 localities (population in brackets as of January 1, 2020):

  • German Slides (135)
  • Goenitz (57)
  • Granitztal-St. Paul (76)
  • Granitztal-Weißenegg (411)
  • Hundsdorf (99)
  • Johannesberg (20)
  • Kampach (83)
  • Kollnitzgreuth (69)
  • Legerbuch (152)
  • Loschental (54)
  • St. Margarethen (23)
  • St. Martin (21)
  • St. Paul im Lavanttal (1748)
  • Schildberg (60)
  • Stadling (83)
  • House of Commons (5)
  • Undergrowth (7)
  • Vineyard (14)
  • Windisch Slides (36)
  • Winkling (34)
  • Zellbach (86)


Two dedicatory inscriptions for the Celtic god Latobius were found from the Roman period (province of Noricum ) . The first written mention of the place as villula Brugga comes from a document from 1091: Count Engelbert von Spanheim donated a Benedictine monastery at an already existing Paulskirche instead of a Lavant castle . This village of Brugga on a bridge over the Granitzbach was a commercial and merchant settlement, which in 1184 in a document Pope Lucius III. was first referred to as market ( villam, quod forum dicitur ). In 1289 the place in the Klosterurbar was first expressly referred to as the St. Paul Market ( in foro sancti Pauli ); before (1255) Bernhard von Spanheim had granted the residents the corresponding rights. The market was always under the influence of the monastery, which is still an important economic factor today.

In 1874 the telegraph came to Sankt Paul. The opening of an imperial and royal state telegraph station with "limited daily services" took place at the same time as in other smaller places in the monarchy.

The market town, newly constituted in 1850, was renamed Spanheim in 1941, which was reversed in 1946. In 1957, the area around the so-called "Devil's Island" in the east and part of the dissolved local community of Legerbuch was enlarged. Further increases in the area followed through incorporations on the occasion of the municipal structural reform in 1973, which were partially reversed when St. Georgen became independent again in 1991.

Population development

According to the 2001 census, Sankt Paul has 3,680 inhabitants, 95.5% of whom are Austrian and 1.5% Bosnian citizens. 92.7% profess the Roman Catholic Church , 1.3% the Evangelical Church and 2.0% Islam . 2.7% of the population are without religious beliefs.

coat of arms

Today's coat of arms goes back to a market seal that was handed down for October 1, 1665 and was probably awarded under Abbot Philipp Rottenhäuser (ruled 1661–1677). It is composed of pieces of herald , which is rather untypical for this time.

The official blazon of the coat of arms reads: “Divided shield; in front three rows of silver wedges in black, behind in red three silver bars. ” This description of the coat of arms is heraldically incorrect in parts , in particular it is a split, not divided coat of arms . In 2006 the following proposal was therefore submitted: “Split shield; in front in black three rows of silver overturned gores under a reduced shield head, in the back divided six times by red and silver. "

The municipality was certified to be in charge of the coat of arms on October 22, 1973, and at the same time it was awarded a flag in red-white-black with an incorporated coat of arms.

Community partnerships


The municipal council has 23 members.

  • from 1991 to August 2020 Hermann Primus (SPÖ)
  • since August 2020 Stefan Salzmann (SPÖ)

Culture and sights

  • The Benedictine Abbey of St. Paul , founded in 1091, is a castle complex that served the Dukes of Carinthia as ancestral castle. Today the monastery is the oldest still active monastery in Carinthia and has one of the largest art collections in Europe as well as an extensive and important library. Inside the complex is a Romanesque basilica that was built at the end of the 12th century.
  • The castle was also built as Ramestein Castle in 1091 to protect the monastery . It was destroyed in 1307, rebuilt, and was destroyed again by fire in 1636.
  • The building for the Konvikt of the Stiftsgymnasium was built in 1889 in neo-Gothic style and expanded in 1909; At that time it was one of the largest with 200 places and with central heating and indoor swimming pool one of the most modern boarding schools of the Austro-Hungarian monarchy. The building of the Stiftsgymnasium was built in 1900 in the Ringstrasse style and, like the boarding school building, which was closed in 1976, houses the classes of the Stiftsgymnasium St. Paul.
  • Ölbründl: Dietrich von Spanheim (1253–1303), from the house of the founder of the Benedictine monastery Sankt Paul, lived as a hermit in a cave in the forest north of the Johannesberg. This spring gushed from the mountain near his home. Many sick people made a pilgrimage to the hermit, who was said to be able to heal the sick. To do this, he scooped water from this spring with his hand, which immediately turned into oil. He rubbed the sick with it and healed them. When he died, he was buried on the hill under a chapel. Later the Johanneskirche was built on it.
  • Stiftsmuseum
  • Fruit growing museum
Regular events
  • St. Paul Cultural Summer
  • St. Paul Oktoberfest
  • St. Paul Church Day
  • St. Pauler Fellner - Event
  • Hugo Wolf Days
  • St. Pauler Mostland Run
  • Chopping board tournament of the TTC St. Paul


Honorary citizen of the community
Ring bearer of the municipality
  • Gerfried Sitar (* 1968), Episcopal Vicar of the Diocese of Gurk, Director of the Stiftsmuseum St. Paul and Dean of St. Andrä, author and exhibition organizer

Web links

Commons : Sankt Paul im Lavanttal  - 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. Announcements. In:  Klagenfurter Zeitung , December 10, 1874, p. 6 (online at ANNO ).Template: ANNO / Maintenance / kfz
  3. ^ Statistics Austria, population census, demographic data. May 15, 2001, accessed March 3, 2019 .
  4. ^ Wilhelm Deuer: The Carinthian community arms . Verlag des Kärntner Landesarchiv, Klagenfurt 2006, ISBN 3-900531-64-1 , p. 252