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.

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