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Graz is located in the centre of Styria, a federal state of Austria, and is the second largest city in Austria. It is a town that fascinates with its southern flair, magnificent historical buildings and beautiful panoramic views.
The city’s main landmark is its 28 metre high clock tower that was built in 1561 and is one of the few remains of an old fortress. In order to facilitate a clearer view of the time from the historic part of the town below, the minute hand of the clock was exchanged with that of the hour hand.
The first recorded history of Graz dates back to 1128 but earlier archaeological records indicate that it was originally a settlement in 2000 B.C.
But the main architectural focal point in Graz is the Landhaus. Domenico Ell’allio transformed the old meeting hall of Styria’s country estates into a typical Renaissance building.
Many cultural and historic works of art combine in perfect harmony and thus make Graz a particularly unique and attractive town.
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