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On the blog of a guy called Jay Cross I discovered a couple of Graz pictures.

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Never noticed this setting.

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Graz Quiz (I)

In the 1870ies, a pretty interesting guy studied electrical engineering in Graz.

Who?

where do we meet?

….at the WAIKHARD watch…..

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this watch is the best place to meet
it´s on the “hauptplatz” (main square) and people who live in graz know it
it´s famous for rendezvous in every way……………..

About walls, wars, trees and peace

Graz is a green city.

In 1784 the city’s walls were replaced by trees, perhaps as a statement of the peace and security which pervaded the region of Styria. But this — unfortunately — encouraged Napoleon to attack the city three times during his campaign. When Austria was defeated by him in 1809 at the Battle of Wagram, the ensuing treaty forced Graz to level the battlements on the Schlossberg.
Only the clock tower and the bell tower were saved from destruction, and the mountain was turned into the lovely park you see today.

I think I repeat myself… but Graz is a green city.

A couple of lines about the history of Graz (Part 2)

Despite its medieval standing, the buildings constructed during the time the Habsburg dynasty dominate the inner city’s landscape.

In the 19th century, Graz became had a big enough population to call itself a city. As the 19th century progressed, the divide between the city’s left and right (represented in the working-class districts of Gries and Lend) became ever more apparent. At the same time, Graz was also described as a “Pensionopolis” because many retired imperial civil servants and artists moved to the city.

When Hitler annexed Austria in 1938, the city was given the …well.. “honorary title” of “city of the peoples’ uprising”. Just recently Wolfram P. Kastner and Martin Krenn, two Austrian artists, attached a sign to a “honorary grave” of a “SA-Sturmbannführer” on a Graz cemetery, dealing with Graz’s pre-Nazi and Nazi past… and present.

World War II brought heavy bombing and destruction to Graz. The British took control of the city in 1945 and began reconstruction. Since then, Graz has slowly rebuilt itself into a prosperous, economic city. It has also emerged as the center of art and academia.

A couple of lines about the history of Graz (Part 1)

Graz sits in a valley, surrounded by mountains, with the river Mur flowing through its center. Its geographical location is one of the main features in the development of the city.

Graz is Austria’s second largest city. Graz is the capital and largest city in Styria, a green and heavily forested area. Graz is composed of a number of smaller villages, which were once independent.

Graz was originally the site of a Roman fort. But archeologists have found artifacts from the early stone ages. The earliest advanced settlement is traced back to the Slaws in 800 AD.

In the Late Middle Ages, Graz became an important center of commerce and trade. The city centre then (as now)was the area around the Sackstraße, the Murgasse, the Sporgasse and the Hauptplatz (main square). There was also a Jewish Ghetto in the south of the city pogroms in the 15th century forced Jews to go elsewhere.

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