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This article does not cite any references or sources. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. (November 2008) Friesach Friesach with Petersberg Castle Friesach Country  Austria State Carinthia District Sankt Veit an der Glan Mayor Josef Kronlechner (SPÖ) Area 120.83 km2 (46.7 sq mi) Elevation 634 m  (2080 ft) Population 5,266  (19 December 2010)  - Density 44 /km² (113 /sq mi) Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2) Postal code 9360 Area code 04268 Website Coordinates: 46°57′0″N 14°25′0″E / 46.95°N 14.416667°E / 46.95; 14.416667 Friesach (Slovene: Breže) is a historic town in the Sankt Veit an der Glan district of Carinthia, Austria. First mentioned in a 860 deed, it is known as the oldest town in Carinthia. Town fortification Contents 1 Geography 1.1 Location 1.2 Municipal arrangement 2 History 3 Demographics 4 Objects of interest 5 Economy 6 Politics 6.1 Municipal Council 6.2 Twin towns 7 Born in Friesach 8 External links // Geography Location Friesach covers an area of 120.83 km² and its mean elevation is 631 meters above sea level. It is located in northern Carinthia near the border with Styria, about 40 km (25 mi) north of its capital Klagenfurt. Municipal arrangement Friesach is divided into the following Katastralgemeinden: Friesach, St. Salvator and Zeltschach. It can be further divided into Friesach proper and the villages and hamlets of Dobritsch, Dörfl, Engelsdorf, Gaisberg, Grafendorf, Guldendorf, Gundersdorf, Gunzenberg, Gwerz, Harold, Hartmannsdorf, Hundsdorf, Ingolsthal, Judendorf, Kräuping, Leimersberg, Mayerhofen, Moserwinkl, Oberdorf I, Oberdorf II, Olsa, Pabenberg, Reisenberg, Roßbach, Sattelbogen, Schratzbach, Schwall, Silbermann, St. Johann, St. Salvator, St. Stefan, Staudachhof, Stegsdorf, Timrian, Wagendorf, Wels, Wiegen, Wiesen, Zeltschach, Zeltschachberg, Zienitzen, Zmuck. History In 860 King Louis the German of East Francia donated the lands of the estate ad Friesah - derived from Slavic Breza (birch) - in the Bavarian March of Carinthia (Carantania) to Archbishop Adalwin of Salzburg. From about 740 Bavarians had crossed the Central Eastern Alps and settled among the Slavic Carantanians. Petersberg Castle After the formation of the Duchy of Carinthia in 976, Friesach remained a southern Salzburg exclave and a strategically important outpost. About 1076 Archbishop Gebhard of Salzburg, a follower of Pope Gregory VII in the Investiture Controversy, had the Petersberg fortress erected above the town in order to prevent Emperor Henry IV from crossing the Alps. The archbishop also had fierce enemies in the Carinthian ducal House of Sponheim, who after his deposition made several attempts to take possession of Friesach. Constant attacks by Duke Engelbert were finally rejected in 1124. In 1149 King Conrad III of Germany stayed at the castle on his way back from the Second Crusade, as well as Richard the Lionheart in 1192, one more time escaping from the guards of Duke Leopold V of Austria. The fortress continued to be an important power basis of the Salzburg prince-archbishops throughout the Middle Ages, once again enlarged and strengthened by Leonhard von Keutschach from 1495 onwards. The settlement of Friesach beneath Petersberg Castle received town privileges in 1215. During the Middle Ages, it was a principal market town and commercial centre due to an important trade route from Vienna to Venice that ran through the city. The town flourished when Archbishop Eberhard II of Regensberg (1200-1246) made it the second largest city in the Archdiocese of Salzburg and the most important town in Carinthia. From local silver resources it even minted its own currency called the Friesacher Pfennig or Frizatik, widely used within the Austrian and Hungarian lands in the 12th century. The importance of the town diminuished with the rise of the House of Habsburg, Carinthian dukes since 1335. It nevertheless belonged to Salzburg until the secularisation of the archbishopric in 1803, when Friesach finally fell to Carinthia. Demographics As of the 2001 census, Friesach has 5,335 inhabitants. Of that, 89.8% are Roman Catholic, 2.6% are Evangelist and 1.5% are Muslims. 4.8% of the population is non-religious. Objects of interest St. Bartholomew Town centre The mediæval town around the Romanesque parish church of Saint Bartholomew and its city walls are preserved in quite good condition. From the 13th century on the Salzburg Archbishops stayed at the Fürstenhof residence. Furthermore: Church of St. Blaise Dominican monastery Teutonic Knights' church and hospital Economy Friesach has several small to medium-sized industries, including metalworking and textilemaking. Like most regions of Carinthia, the town mainly depends on tourism. With the Teutonic Order hospital, it is also a supraregional health centre. Politics Municipal Council As of the 2009 elections, Friesach's local council (Gemeinderat) consists of 23 members of the following parties: 13 SPÖ 5 LSM (Independent) 3 BZÖ 2 BFF (Independent) 1 FPÖ Twin towns See also: List of twin towns and sister cities in Austria Friesach is twinned with: Cormons, Italy Bad Griesbach, Germany Born in Friesach Josef Bucher, August 19, 1965, politician Gerda Hofstatter, February 9, 1971, professional billiards player Robert Stadlober, August 3, 1982, actor Jürgen Säumel, September 8, 1984, football player External links Medieval Friesach official site Walled Towns Friendship Circle Wikimedia Commons has media related to: Friesach v • d • e Municipalities in the district of Sankt Veit an der Glan Althofen · Brückl · Deutsch-Griffen · Eberstein · Frauenstein · Friesach · Glödnitz · Gurk · Guttaring · Hüttenberg · Kappel am Krappfeld · Klein Sankt Paul · Liebenfels · Metnitz · Micheldorf · Mölbling · Sankt Georgen am Längsee · Sankt Veit an der Glan · Straßburg · Weitensfeld im Gurktal