SAVARIA – SOPIANAE – SIRMIUM – Early Christian Route

In the ancient world, Pannonia’s three most important early Christian cities were Savaria [Szombathely], Sopianae [Pécs] in today’s Hungary, and Sirmium [Sremska Mitrovica] which lies now in Serbia. This new “Early Christian Route”, connecting these three cities, joins the  “Saint Martin European Cultural Route”. In these three cities – which were already connected by roads during the Roman period – one can find different, but complimentary relics of early Christian culture.

The Early Christian Route plans to set out, promote and preserve the route, which was already in use at the time of Saint Martin.

At Sirmium, the Route’s south-eastern final destination, lived Pannonia’s largest Christian community, which had influenced European culture and provided at least 40 saints, whose lives were connected to Sirmium.

The Route’s importance, however, not only lies in antiquity. It also touches several medieval centres of importance, such as Vasvár, Zalavár, Somogyvár, and Baranyavár.

This new route was accepted by the General Meeting in 2013, held in Croatia, as part of the “Via Sancti Martini” route and following this, consultation meetings took place in April 2014 at Pécs and at Sremska Mitrovica regarding the work ahead in establishing the Route as a viable cultural destination.


Ruins of Imperial Palace - Sirmium / Sremska Mitrovica

Early Christian Burial Chamber - Sopianae / Pécs 

Visitor's centre St Martin - Savaria / Szombathely

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The St George Abbey of Ják was founded by Marthinus Magnus de Jaak in cca. 1220, and it was consecrated in 1256. Its magnificent recessed doorway is the finest example of Hungary’s Romanesque architecture. The monastery, built adjacent to the church but destroyed in the late 16th century, was the home of Benedictine monks.   .....



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