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 Sackstra├če, 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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