Eferding, Upper Austria, town in the district of Eferding, alt. 271 m, pop. 3,152, area 2.81 km2, main town and economic centre of the Eferding Basin. - District Commission, district court, district Chamber of Agricultural and Allied Workers, district waste management association, local branch of district health and social insurance agency, Chamber of Labour, Economic Chamber, sports hall, HAK - commercial academy, sports aerodrome, Carmelite Sisters of Mary, Convent of St. Clare at Pupping.
Crafts and trades, industry (construction) and commercial firms employed about 54 % of the 2,803 employed persons in 1991, important sectors are the production of office furniture, synthetic materials and textile industry (work clothes, jeans), building carpentry, acoustic installations (plaster boards for sound insulation), transport and building enterprises, fruit and vegetable growing and wholesale trade (about 30 traders). E. supplies agricultural products to the industrial towns of Linz and Wels. In the neighbouring municipality of Hinzenbach: brick industry, fruit and vegetable canning; in Fraham production of curtain rails and fire-resistant doors.
Settlement dating back to Roman times (finds from the 2nd half of the 1st century A.D.), was in possession of Passau in the 12th century, later residence of the Counts of Schaunberg and the Counts of Starhemberg (1559-1848). The gate and the moat of the town fortifications have been preserved. Late Gothic parish church of St. Hippolytus, enormous hall church with the aisles lower than the nave (1451-1497), with an impressive tower, high Baroque and neo-Gothic altars, late Gothic sculptures as well as late Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque memorials; hospital church, with Gothic nucleus (14th century), later redecorated in Baroque style, high altar (1623); high Gothic Magdalen chapel with frescoes (around 1430); Protestant church (1831-1834); castle (first documented mention 1255, now houses the Town Museum and the Starhemberg Family Museum), irregular rectangular construction, parts of the town fortification which was built in 1416 and in the 16th century have been preserved, gardens (1784); late Gothic burgher houses with Baroque and Classicist façades.
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