PAPAL KEYS of ERDEVIK
Pope Innocent XI born Benedetto Odescalchi
Pope Innocent XI (Latin: Innocentius XI; 1611-1689), born Benedetto Odescalchi, was Pope from 21st September 1676 to his death in 1689.
He is known in Budapest as the Saviour of Hungary. He was beatified with no oposition in 1956 by Pope Pius XII.
Innocent XI was an enthusiastic initiator of Holy League which brought together the German Estates and King John III of Poland who in 1683 hastened to the relief of Vienna which was being besieged by the Turks. After the siege was raised, Innocent XI again spared no efforts to induce the Christian princes to lend a helping hand for the expulsion of the Turks from Hungary. He contributed millions of scudi to the Turkish war fund in Austria and Hungary and had the satisfaction of surviving the capture of Belgrade on 6th September 1688.
As a reward for his contribution, Leopold I, Holy Roman Emperor, gave to Pope Innocent XI and Odescalchi family Syrmia province including and , covered with vineyards.
From that moment Erdevik coat of arms bears the papal insignia – Papal keys of Heaven. In 1826 count Livio Odescalchi, built a cellar and a winery marking the beginning of what is today.