Sachsenburg

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Sachsenburg
St. Margaret parish church
St. Margaret parish church
Coat of arms of Sachsenburg
Coat of arms
Sachsenburg is located in Austria
Sachsenburg
Sachsenburg
Location within Austria
Coordinates: 46°49′N 13°21′E / 46.817°N 13.350°E / 46.817; 13.350Coordinates: 46°49′N 13°21′E / 46.817°N 13.350°E / 46.817; 13.350
Country Austria
State Carinthia
District Spittal an der Drau
Government
 • Mayor Wilfried Pichler
Area
 • Total 42.57 km2 (16.44 sq mi)
Elevation 557 m (1,827 ft)
Population (1 January 2014)[1]
 • Total 1,319
 • Density 31/km2 (80/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 9751
Area code 04769
Website www.sachsenburg.at
For the Nazi concentration camp, see Sachsenburg (concentration camp).

Sachsenburg is a market town on the Drava river in the Spittal an der Drau district in Carinthia, Austria. The municipality comprises the Katastralgemeinden of Sachsenburg and Obergottesfeld.

History[edit]

The origin of the name is uncertain: an affiliation with the far apart mediæval Duchy of Saxony has never been established; however the coat of arms probably awarded in the 16th century shows a Saxe, a kind of pan formerly used for gold prospecting within the nearby Hohe Tauern mountain range.

Drava at Sachsenburg

Two fortresses at the strategically important narrow place of the Drava valley (Sachsenburger Klause) were first mentioned in a 1213 deed. Sachsenburg is documented as the administrative seat of a Salzburg exclave within the Duchy of Carinthia in 1292. It was therefore often under attack by the forces of the Carinthian dukes as well as by the Counts of Gorizia at Lienz. The Salzburg archbishops granted the settlement market rights in 1326, it also received city fortifications, that were not razed until in 1813, when Upper Carinthia belonged to the French-occupied "Illyrian Provinces".

During the Revolutions of 1848, several citizens on March 20 proclaimed an independent "Republic of Sachsenburg", they were however immediately suppressed by the Austrian military.

Politics[edit]

Seats in the municipal assembly (Gemeinderat) as of 2009 elections:

Twin towns[edit]

Sachsenburg is twinned with:

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