Sankt Michael im Lungau
|Sankt Michael im Lungau|
|• Mayor||Manfred Sampl (ÖVP)|
|• Total||68.80 km2 (26.56 sq mi)|
|Elevation||1,075 m (3,527 ft)|
|Population (1 January 2016)|
|• Density||52/km2 (130/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
It is located in the historic Lungau region, in the valley of the upper Mur river, north of Katschberg Pass on the border with the state of Carinthia. With a population of about 3,500, Sankt Michael is the second largest municipality in Tamsweg District. The municipal area comprises the cadastral communities of Höf, Oberweissburg, Sankt Martin im Lungau, Sankt Michael im Lungau, and Unterweissburg.
Sankt Michael has access to the Tauern Autobahn (A10) running from Salzburg to Villach and is the site of a large toll booth. The parallel Katschberg Straße (B99) highway leads from Radstadt and Radstädter Tauern Pass in the north to Spittal an der Drau, Carinthia via Katschberg Pass in the south. The Murtal Straße (B96) branch-off leads eastwards down the Mur valley to the district capital Tamsweg and Murau in Styria.
The Lungau region has been continuously settled at least since the Bronze Age; the local Hallstatt culture was gradually assimilated by Celtic immigrants about 450 BC. After the Celtic kingdom of Noricum became a Roman province in 15 BC, a road was laid out across Katschberg Pass, leading to the city of Teurnia in the south. In the 6th century AD, Slavic tribes moved into the area, succeeded by Bavarian settlers 200 years later.
The Gothic parish church dedicated to Saint Michael was first mentioned in a 1147 deed. Together with the Lungau region it became a part of the Prince-Archbishopric of Salzburg in the late 13th century, ruled from nearby Mauterndorf, later from Moosham Castle.
The Heihsgut manor house in the village of Sankt Martin, first documented in 1478, is one of the oldest preserved dwellings in the Salzburg Alps. Like several other Lungau municipalities, Sankt Michael is known for its annual Samson parades.
Seats in the municipal assembly (Gemeinderat) as of 2014 elections:
- Austrian People's Party (ÖVP): 13
- Social Democratic Party of Austria (SPÖ): 6
- Freedom Party of Austria (FPÖ): 2
Sankt Michael is twinned with:
- Bad Leonfelden, Austria
- Statistik Austria - Bevölkerung zu Jahresbeginn 2002-2016 nach Gemeinden (Gebietsstand 1.1.2016) for Sankt Michael im Lungau.
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