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Maria Wörth, Carinthia, Austria

Maria Wörth is a municipality in the district of Klagenfurt-Land in the Austrian state of Carinthia. The resort town is situated on a peninsula at the southern shore of the Wörthersee. In the east it borders the city of Klagenfurt. The municipality consists of the two Katastralgemeinden Maria Wörth and Reifnitz (Ribnica).

A first St. Mary's Church was erected about 875 under the rule of the Diocese of Freising and was first mentioned in a 894 deed. As the site had then been an island, the Old High German term Wörth or Werder like Slovene Otok denotes a piece of land surrounded by water. The church served for the translation of the relics of Saints Primus and Felician and played an important role within the Christian mission in Carinthia. About 1150 Bishop Otto of Freising founded a college of canons here and had the small Winterkirche chapel built beside the collegiate church. In 1399 both churches had been destroyed by a fire. The college finally became an annex of the Millstatt Benedictine abbey in 1500.

Today's late Gothic parish church Saints Primus and Felician stands on the highest point of the peninsula, with the neighbouring Winterkirche beneath it. It is a major pilgrimage site and, due to its romantic setting, a popular wedding church.


众多的湖泊如沃尔特湖(Wörther See)、欧希亚赫湖 (Ossiacher See)和米尔施泰特湖(Millstätter See)、维森湖(Weissensee)和伐克尔湖(Faaker See),为各种水上运动如滑水、冲浪和帆板以及划船提供了无限的可能性。克恩顿州也因拥有大钟山(Grossglockner)这个奥地利最高的山峰而倍感自豪,该州西部河谷和徒步旅游区也是游客休闲度假的好地方。

玛丽亚沃特(Maria Wörth)镇的哥特式教堂矗立于沃尔特湖(Wörther see)南岸的半岛上,是沃尔特湖的象征。

References sources : wikipedia, www.aodili.info

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