Saint Martin and Szombathely (Savaria)
Come and visit the relics of Saint Martin in Szombathely, native place of the holy bishop!


Come and visit the relics of Saint Martin in Szombathely, native place of the holy bishop!

Since the St Martin Anniversary in 1996-97, people have shown an ever-growing interest in visiting the town of Szombathely, birthplace of St Martin, who is one of Europe's most popular saints. Looking for Roman relics or for values of cultural history, wanting to view the birthplace of the patron saint of their church or of the person their settlement takes its name after, they keep visiting St Martin Church which originates from the 4th century A. D.

The visitor's center working beside St Martin Parish Church provides all the necessary information about the sights of town, organizes a series of events, and steadily cultivates human contacts. Its doors are open to tourists and researchers too, just as to pilgrims who can attend the services of the church, or say their prayers individually.

Exhibitions on show

St Martin and Savaria:  the saint's cult in Szombathely
St Martin as he is portrayed in Szombathely
St Martin as he is portrayed in the diocese of Szombathely
St Martin in folklore
(In a Dominican memorial room you can see a periodic show.)


Szent Márton Plébánia (St Martin Parish) - Szombathely Szent Márton u. 40.  Hungary


Phone: +36 94 505 570

Visitor's Centre St Martin



Saint Martin and Szombathely (Savaria)

1. Martin came into the world in Savaria - "Martin was born in Pannonia, in the town called Savaria, then brought up in Ticinum in Italy." - Sulpicius Severus

2. Martin applying for admission among the catechumens - "At the age of ten, and against his parents' will, Martin fled to a church, and requested to be received amongst the catechumens." - Sulpicius Severus

3. Martin visiting his birthplace - "In a dream he was reminded that, with a carefulness arising from religious temper, he should visit his homeland and his parents who were still captives of paganism." - Sulpicius Severus

4. Martin baptizing his mother - "Martin set his mother free from the straying of paganism." - Sulpicius Severus

5. Martin visiting the grave of the martyr St Quirin - It was in 303 in Savaria that St Quirin, bishop of Siscia (Dalmatia), died a martyr. His memory was hold in high esteem by the Christians of Savaria

6. Martin debating with the Arians - "In these years the false teachings of Arius were quite wide-spread in all the world, mostly in Illiry. It was Martin who nearly alone fought the priests' heresy." - Sulpicius Severus

7. Heretics drive Martin out of town - "Martin suffered many indignities from the hands of heretics, he had been flogged in public, then at the end he was driven out of town." - Sulpicius Severus

8. Charlemagne visiting ancient Christian relics of Savaria - When Charlemagne visited Savaria, he found some ancient Christian relics in the cemetery on the site of which the present-day church was built

9. The archbishop of Salzburg consecrating a church in honor of St Martin - In a charter dating back to 860 mention is made of the fact that in Savaria a church was consecrated in honor of St Martin

10. In the age of the Árpáds people buried their dead around St Martin Church - In the 11th and 12th century distinguished inhabitants of Savaria had been buried around the church.

11. In the year 1360 a wandering over of an estate set out from the well before the church - 
This well, the water of which - according to the tradition - St Martin baptized his mother with, was referred to in a charter about the wandering over of an estate.

12. In 1635, Ferdinand II gave tax privileges to Szombathely - The ruler, bearing in mind that St Martin was born here, exempted Szombathely from paying tax.

13. Elizabeth Batthyányi gets the church rebuilt - The church was enlarged several times in the past. It got its present form when Countess Elizabeth Báthory made it rebuilt in honor of St Martin, bishop and confessor, as you can read it on the façade of the church.

14. Famous travelers visiting St Martin Church - Famous travelers visiting Szombathely depicted St Martin Church as one of the places of interest in Szombathely.

15. Pilgrims visiting St Martin Chapel - In past centuries many believers have visited the church's chapel which, as traditions say, had been built on top of St Martin's birthplace. One can read these words over the chapel's entrance: HIC NATUS EST SANCTUS MARTINUS (St Martin was born here).

16. Opening of Martineum House in 1934 - At the beginning of the 20th century, an ecclesiastical publishing house and cultural foundation was established which bore the name of St Martin. Its center, after several enlargements, was in opened in 1934.

17. Pilgrims visiting St Martin Church - On November 11, adherents from the environs of Szombathely go every year on a pilgrimage to visit St Martin Church.

18. Placing the emblem of St Martin Cultural Route -  In St Martin Chapel, county bishop István Konkoly places the symbol of the St Martin Cultural Route



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