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Properties inscribed on the World Heritage List – Austria
Cathedral of Gurk (1994)
The Shrine of St. Hemma in Gurk
But it wasn’t until the 20th century that Hemma received her greatest honors: official canonization in 1938 (with the distinction of sharing her feast day, June 29, with Peter and Paul); and a pilgrimage visit to Gurk from Pope John Paul II on June 25, 1988, during which he celebrated Mass before 80,000 pilgrims.
The cathedral of Gurk was built between 1140 and 1200 on the site of Hemma’s church, and the saint’s remains were placed in the crypt under the choir. Various additions and embellishments to the cathedral were made in the Gothic and baroque styles.
The 12th century Gurk Cathedral is regarded as the most outstanding example of Romanesque architecture in Austria. The flat, austere exterior is dominated by twin west towers (135 feet high), to which onion domes were added in 1682