From the oldest history of the Church in Košice Cover Image

Aus der ältesten Kirchengeschichte von Kaschau
From the oldest history of the Church in Košice

Author(s): Cyril Hišem
Subject(s): History, Local History / Microhistory, Theology and Religion
Published by: Wyższe Seminarium Duchowne Diecezji Elbląskiej w Elblągu
Keywords: Košice; St. Elisabeth Church; Jáger; Catholics; Protestants; Košice diocese

Summary/Abstract: The existence of the parish church in Košice is dated to the second half of the 12th century. After a fire in 1378/1380, construction of the present St. Elisabeth‘s Church began. Gradually, Dominicans and Franciscans also came here. The Reformation appeared in Košice very early. Already in 1549, the Protestant religion was the only one allowed in the city. After 1555 Calvinism also spread here. After the fall of Erlau (Jáger) and its conquest by the Turks, the Bishop of Erlau and his Chapter were also present in Košice. The Jesuits were also interested in the town. Members of this community, Stefan Pongrácz and Melichior Grodecz, as well as the canon Marcus Crisinus (Križin) from Ostříhom (Esztergom) died a martyr‘s death here. On 26 February 1657 Bishop Benedict Kišdy founded a university in Košice. Emperor Leopold I confirmed this with a Golden Bull on 7 August 1660 in Graz. The diocese of Košice was established on 9 August 1804 by the Papal Bull „In universa gregis Dominici cura” and the church of St. Elisabeth in Košice was then elevated to the status of Cathedral.

  • Issue Year: 2021
  • Issue No: 22
  • Page Range: 49-70
  • Page Count: 22
  • Language: German