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|Bundesland: Niederösterreich||Lower Austria|
The summer holday resort and residential district Purkersdorf is situated at an elevation of 246 m in the valley of the river Wien west of Vienna. The first mentioning in a document dates from 1130 (Purchartesdorf). The village was destroyed by the Turks in 1683. The plague of 1713 killed 80% of the population of that time. In 1930 Purkersdorf received the status of a market town. Between 1938 and 1954 Purkersdorf was part of Vienna (Groß-Wien, Greater Vienna, 14th district, Penzing). Since 1966 Purkersdorf has the status of a town.
The Gothic and Baroque parish church Sankt Jakobus der ältere (St. James the Greater) goes back to a church of the 12th century.
The parish was first mentioned in 1349. Since 1727 it is a pilgrimage church, known in the 18th/19th century as 'Maria Purkersdorf'.