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Properties inscribed on the World Heritage List – Austria
Cathedral of Gurk (1994)
The Shrine of St Emma in Gurk
In the green valleys of southern Austria, near Klagenfurt, is the pilgrimage town of Gurk. Here, a beautiful 12th-century cathedral is packed with the finest examples of religious art and shelters the shrine of Hemma, a beloved Austrian saint. The Shrine of St. Hemma in Gurk has been a popular pilgrimage destination since the 11th century. Devotion to the sacred site remains strong, especially after Hemma’s canonization in 1938 and a visit from Pope John Paul II in 1988. Hemma (also called Emma) was born of a noble family in the late 10th century and raised at the court of Emperor St. Henry II. By all accounts, she was an energetic and pious woman who was generous with her wealth. Hemma married Count William of Sanngan, and they had two children together. But before long, tragedy struck when her husband died on the way back from a pilgrimage to Rome. Twenty years later, she had a second heartbreak when one of her sons was killed in battle.