The modest ruins of the mediaeval St Martin Church of Csöde can be found to the west of Alsócsöde, deep in a little forest, and atop a small hill. In 1366, the church and the adjacent monastery were in the ownership of the Salomvári family, the descendants of Bailiff Solomon. At the foot of the hill, a small village named Szentmárton evolved during the 15th century. After the tragic battle of Mohács in 1526, the vicars of the church stayed in office, but following the fall of Kanizsa Castle in 1600, an event following which the inhabitants of the region were compelled to pay taxes to the provosts of the Ottoman Empire, the building was abandoned and fell into decay. In 1657, the stones of the "bleak sacred church", as the locals referred to it, were transported at the order of Captain Bernát Csányi to use them for the fortification of the church in Őriszentpéter. The site is now fully covered by trees; only the name of a nearby village, Barátosa (friars) reminds us of the ancient monastery and its inhabitants.

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