Mark Sittich von Hohenems (Prince-Archbishop of Salzburg)

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Not to be confused with his uncle Cardinal Mark Sittich von Hohenems Altemps (1533-1595).
Mark Sittich von Hohenems

Mark Sittich von Hohenems (1574–1619) was the Prince-Archbishop of Salzburg from 1612 to 1619.


Mark Sittich von Hohenems was born in Hohenems on June 24, 1574,[1] and educated by his powerful uncle, Cardinal Mark Sittich von Hohenems Altemps. He was studying in Milan and since 1585 in Rome.

Following the defeat and arrest of his uncle Wolf Dietrich Raitenau in 1612, the cathedral chapter of Salzburg Cathedral elected him to be the new Prince-Archbishop of Salzburg on March 18, 1612.[1] He was consecrated as a bishop by Ehrenfried von Kuenburg, Bishop of Chiemsee, on October 7, 1612.[1]

As Archbishop, he was no puppet of Maximilian I, Elector of Bavaria, refusing to enter the Catholic League.[2] He was, however, unable to keep the Archbishopric of Salzburg out of the Thirty Years' War.[2] His relatives, the Counts of Hohenems tolerated Lutheranism and sponsored the arts, but paying taxes to both warring entities likewise failed to keep them out of the warfare, only prompted taxpayer unrest.[3]

The Archbishop employed Vincenzo Scamozzi as architect for the new Salzburg Cathedral, with the foundation stone of the new building being laid in 1614.[2] He also commissioned Santino Solari to build the Hellbrunn Palace, including its famous fountains.[2] He was thus a major figure in promoting Baroque architecture north of the Alps.[2]

He died on October 9, 1619.[1] He was buried in Franciscan closter in Salzburg.


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