Saturday, November 12, 2016

Excursion to Graz #6

The Schlossberg is located in the very city center of Graz. The city owes its name to the castle, which was built in the 16th century on this hill. From the Slavonic word Gradec for "little castle" later emerged Graz. After a victory over the Habsburgs in 1809, Napoleon demanded the demolition of the fortress. A huge amount of money paid to the French by the burghers of Graz could prevent the Clock Tower (in this photo) and the Bell Tower from being destroyed. The Clock Tower is a recognisable icon for the city, and there's a special thing about it: the clock's hands have opposite roles to the common notion, with the larger one marking hours while the smaller is for minutes.

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