Must see architectural attractions in the Old Town of Graz

The the clock tower in the Glockenspielplatz

The the clock tower in the Glockenspielplatz ©loloieg/Flick

The triangular square in the heart of the Old Town called the Hauptplatz is an excellent starting point to explore Graz because of some must see architectural attractions. The Herrengasse Street is a main street of the the Old Town and is bordered by shops and historic monuments.

The Altstadtpassage or the Passage of the Old Town starts at the Herrengasse Street no.7 and is passing through a courtyard with arches ending at the Mehlplatz. In the Mehlplatz of Flour Square are countless beautiful buildings as well, you will surely enjoy taking a walk here. If you want to see more sites, you can pass to the Glockenspielplatz or Carillon Market.

The Hauptplatz or the Main Square

The Hauptplatz in Graz is bordered by many of the original houses dating from various periods, including the famous Haus am Luegg, with Renaissance and Baroque decorations on the facade. At no. 4 is the oldest pharmacy in Graz in a building dating from 1534 and has some elements from even earlier than this year. The northern part of the square is occupied by the neo-Renaissance Town Hall built in 1880. In the middle of the square stands the fountain of Archduke Johann, who seems to have contributed significantly to the development of the city. The four female figures are symbolizing the four main rivers of Styria: Mur, Enn, Drau and Sann.

The Main Square in Graz

The Main Square in Graz ©♣ ℓ u m i è r e ♣/Flick

The Herrengasse Street

An example of a must see architectural attraction on the Herrengasse Street is at no. 3, called the Painted House, that was the residence of the dukes before the castle was built in 1450. The mural paintings of historical themes (especially from novels) were made in 1472 when they replaced the original decoration of Berries Pietro. At no. 4 is the oldest pharmacy in town (Barenapotheke) dating from 1535.

The Herrengasse Street in Graz

The Herrengasse Street in Graz ©daAlex/Flick

The Altstadtpassage

Passing through the Altstadtpassage to the Flour Square (Mehlplatz) you can see many more architectural attractions. On the left is a building with a beautiful baroque facade. It was once the school of music attended by Brahms and Bruckner. On the right is a building with splendid rococo facade, which is close to the entrance of the Carillon Market (Glockenspielplatz). On the pediment of an imposing building with a bell tower, when the clock strikes 11:00 am and 18:00, appear dancing figures dressed in local traditional costumes.

The the clock tower in the Glockenspielplatz

The the clock tower in the Glockenspielplatz ©loloieg/Flick

Leaving this market through a narrow passage called Abraham-a-Santa-Clara -Gasse we get to the Bürgergasse where at no. 1 is a palace which once was the student house of the Jesuit aristocrats. Above the entrance, two angels are supporting the gable with the effigy of Archduke Karl II, who brought the Jesuits at Graz and founded the University in 1585. The pediment is surrounded by allegorical figures representing Science and Catholicism. A staircase leads to the right, towards the Mausoleum.


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