THE LEGACY OF ST. MARTIN OF TOURS IN EUROPE AND IN HUNGARY - International conference 16 - 17 May 2019, Szombathely



Savaria Museum (Vas County Museums Authority) - Saint Martin Institute

The Hungarian Council of Saint Martin European Cultural Route


The Council of the City of Szombathely Interreg Central Europe NPA Project


Date: 16-17 May 2019.


Venue: Gallery of Szombathelyconference hall - Szombathely, Rákóczi u. 12.
May – Szombathely – Kszeg – Lukácsháza)


The goal of the event: to help local traditions and customs connected to St. Martin of Tours become an officially recognized part of national or regional heritage in as many places as possible.

During the conference the renewed altarpiece of the St. Martin Church of Csesztve (Nógrád County) is exhibited in the foyer of the Gallery.


Moderating the Conference: Ildikó Szommer, head of institute
                                                 Savaria Museum - Saint Martin Institute

The Conference is in Hungarian and English languages. Professional interpreters will be present during the event.



16 May, Thursday





9.00-9.30 Welcome speech

  • Dr. Tivadar Puskás, Mayor of the City of Szombathely
  • Anikó Krucsainé Herter, Deputy State Secretary, Ministry of Human Capacities


9.30-11.00 Presentations

  • The roads of St. Martin’s legacy in Pannonia  - director Andrea Csapláros (Savaria Museum)
  • The heritage of St. Martin, a „UNESCO World Heritage” – the example of   Utrecht  -  Rien Sprenger (Sint Maartensberaad – Utrecht, Réseau Européen des Centres Culturels Saint Martin)
  • The road to recognitionPossibilities and experiencesEszter Csonka-Takács (Committee of Intangible Cultural Heritage – Szentendre)



11.00-11.15 Intermission


11.15-12.45 Presentations

  • Heritage of the Birthplacefacts, legends, traditionsGábor Kiss, archaeologist-historian (Savaria Museum – Szombathely)
  • The Thousand Years Veneration of Martin in PannonhalmaKonrád Dejcsics OSB, cultural director (Pannonhalma Archabbey)
  • Keeping the traditions of St. Martin and “building the road” in Slovakia - the example of erínMartin Kvak and Éva Szcs
    (Rada Európskej kultúrnej cesty svätého Martina na Slovensku)


12.45-13.00 Comments


13.00-14.00 Lunch break


14.00-15.45 Presentations


  • St Martin's intangible heritage - Bruno Judic (Centre Culturel Européen Saint Martin - France)
  • The legacy of Martin in North Rhine-Westphalia  – The road to official recognitionJeyaratnam Caniceus (Kempen, Germany)
  • The veneration of Martin in PugliaSilvio Spiri (Centro Culturale San Martino Puglia – Taviano, Italy)
  • The revival of St. Martin’s Veneration in KeszthelyZsuzsa Csángó, Eszter Ráczné Páldy (City Preservation Organization – Keszthely)


15.45-16.15 Comments, summary


16.15-16.30 Intermission



  • Introducing Project New PilgrimAge – Szabolcs Szakály, head of department (Mayor’s Office – Szombathely)



17 May, Friday


9.00 Meeting in the church of St. Martin

Where Martin was born according to Legendthe Birthplace with the eyes of an archaeologist  - Gábor Kiss  (Savaria Museum – Szombathely)


9.30 – Visiting Kszeg by bus


A half-millenial tradition rebornHow did St. Martin protect the town in 1532?

Demonstrating the St. Martin apparition Botond Tóth, with the Darabonts of Kszeg.

Short walk in town, then visiting Lukácsháza.


- The veneration of St. Martin in Hungarian folk traditions and gastronomy - Gábor Barna, ethnographer (University of SzegedDepartment of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology)


- Introducing St. Martin’s Pastry from Poznan (Poland) - Magdalena Bönditzné  Siwiec


- The role of Via Sancti Martini in tending to the Legacyclosing speech Róbert Orbán (The Hungarian Council of Saint Martin European Cultural Route)


13.30 Lunch in Lukácsháza, travel home



Ildikó Szommer  – Savaria Museum - Saint Martin Institute

Róbert Orbán  – The Hungarian Council of Saint Martin European Cultural Route









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