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    THE KREMSERGASSE

    by balhannah Written Jun 5, 2014
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    The Kremsergasse is the most important commercial street in St. Polten. A lot of the buildings are old and have lovely baroque facades, while some others are from the 19th century built in historicism style.
    The outstanding building in the street for me, was house no 8 at the corner of Kremsergasse & Marktgasse. The building still has the original house façade which I found unusual.
    Lining the walls were 168 onion- patterned plates and on the corner was a statue of a saint. I guess it was the blue and white plates that made me think of the Netherlands!

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    INTERESTING BITS & PIECES

    by balhannah Written Jun 3, 2014
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    These very old cities are a great place to find interesting bits and pieces on buildings.
    My favourite happened to be the old Gate under an archway in the Monastery building. The gate was dated 1727 and was very a ornate iron gate, so I went for a closer look and found the door knobs that looked like soldiers.

    A walk around town and I found alcoves with religious figures and others, plaques and an unusual style of painting /fresco on the exteriors. Was it Art Nouveau, I am not sure, but I do know lots of the buildings are decorated in the German form of Art Nouveau known as Jugendstil.
    Wrought iron signage hanging from buildings depicting what the business once was are also a delightful find!

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    TOURIST INFORMATION CENTRE

    by balhannah Written Jun 3, 2014
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    The tourist information centre is usually one of my early stops at any destination. Here, at St. Polten it was no different.
    It is very easy to find, as it's located in the Pink Rathaus in Rathausplatz.

    What I picked up, was the "personal city guide," which is a map of the city with important locations and toilets marked - very helpful. It gives a walking tour of the old town and description on sights seen on the walking tour of the Landhaus and Cultural district.
    Comes in different languages, so I was a very happy person!
    Another way to see the old town is with a CD tour. Rental fee per CD player: 1.45 Euro (additional headsets available)

    St. Polten has a very modern area which I never made it too! Architecturally interesting buildings there!

    Guided walks can be booked and there are several different ones.
    All city walks are free if combined with meals or an overnight stay in St.Pölten!

    Bike Rental at the Info centre

    OPENING HOURS
    April until October:
    Mon-Fri 8am-5pm
    Sat 9am-5pm Sunday and holidays: 10am-5pm

    Nov until March: Mon-Fri 8am-5pm

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    RATHAUSPLATZ / PLAGUE COLUMN

    by balhannah Updated Jun 3, 2014

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    Situated in the heart of the old city of St Pölten, is the Rathausplatz, the largest square of the city. This square was created way back in 1200. During WWII, its name was changed to Adolf Hitler Square until 1955, when it became known as Rathausplatz.
    The Pink Rathaus blended in well with the rest of the buildings surrounding the square. Most of the buildings are of historical significance and looked lovely painted mainly in pastels, although I did see several very bright colours.
    The cobblestones have gone, attractive paving is in its place and a car-park is underneath the square. It is now a pedestrian area only - car free.

    In the centre was the Plague Column covered in swirls, twirls and motifs, a religious monument built as a thanksgiving for the ending of a plague.

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    DOMPLATZ HISTORIC BUILDINGS

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    The first building grabbed my attention because of the large black key hanging from the building. Quite a large building that has been around since the 14th century, it was in 1750 when changed to Baroque style and a tower on the roof moved. Known as the "Gasthof of three crowns."
    Domplatz 7

    Cathedral of Assumption I have already told you about, but do have a look at the impressive detailed door!
    Domplatz 1

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    SCHUBERT HOUSE

    by balhannah Updated Jun 3, 2014

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    The old part of the city of St. Polten has lots of interesting buildings. This one I came across had a relief attached to its facade of Composer, Franz Schubert. It was in this house Schubert stayed in 1821 as a guest of the Bishop. The building is decorated with a lot of stucco work and has a historic arch.

    If you wish to visit the interior, you have to with a city guide.

    In Schubert room you can read about Schubert and what he did in St. Pölten. There is art, posters, documents and photographs and the "Schubert Piano" on display.

    Another way to see the room is when it's open for special events, such as The Long Night of the Museums.

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    FRANCISCAN CHURCH

    by balhannah Updated Jun 3, 2014

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    Located in Rathausplatz is the Franciscan Church. Looking at it, I thought the exterior was nearly a copy of the "Our lady of Mt. Carmel Church," the only difference was this one was painted pink and the other was painted yellow! Both were former Carmelite churches, so perhaps that is why.

    Out of the two Churches, this is the most attractive. The Franciscan church was built in the second half of the 18th century and is really beautiful inside.
    If you wish to pick another church to see in St. Polten, then I suggest this one!

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    SAINT POLTEN ABBEY

    by balhannah Updated Jun 3, 2014

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    We managed to park our car in the street, then had to find our way into the old town of St. Polten.
    We came across the archway with a cross at the top [photo1], and were wondering if we could enter, when a person came along and walked straight in. Decision made, we would follow!

    This was the entrance to the Augustinian Canons. It was founded as a Benedictine monastery in the 8th century. It led us into the Monastery yard, past old buildings, statues and a fountain, eventually coming out in the Domplatz through another archway at the other end.

    It was a pleasant and interesting shortcut for us!

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    ADALBERT & OTTOKAR

    by balhannah Written Jun 2, 2014

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    Just wandering around the old town, I came across these two statues located on a corner of a building in alcoves. Names underneath stated they were Adalbert & Ottokar, but who on earth were they?

    It turns out Adalbert and Ottokar are two brothers who founded the huge St. Polten Monastery.

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    ARCHAEOLOGICAL EXCAVATIONS

    by balhannah Written Jun 2, 2014

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    Roman ruins @ St.Polten

    In the Domplatz is a fenced off area where Archaeologists are working. What they have found are Roman remains of buildings.. Back in the 4th century, St. Polten was filled with heated stone houses where many tradesmen lived, hence the town flourished. In the 5th century, the Romans moved back to Italy.
    The archaeological excavations in Domplatz began in 2010/2011 and was still happening in 2013.

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    HERRENPLATZ

    by balhannah Written Jun 2, 2014

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    The Herrenplatz is where I came across the unusual fountain "Gossiping women" by sculptor Prof.Hans Freilingen

    If you like markets, well come here as a small market is held around the Marian column, selling plants as well as seasonal fruits and vegetables, perhaps what I call a "Farmers Market."

    Market hours:
    Daily Market: 8- noon

    The Herrenplatz is a very short walk from the Domplatz

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    THE CATHEDRAL OF ASSUMPTION

    by balhannah Written Jun 2, 2014

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    Coming across the Cathedral in the Domplatz, you may be forgiven for thinking that it wouldn't be worth going inside. I found the exterior rather plain and unassuming and did exactly wonder this.

    Well, lucky for me I decided to enter, as it was A MUST SEE in St. Polten.

    In 1784, this was a Monastery church until the dissolution of the St. Pölten Augustinian Canons. In 1785, it became the cathedral of the Diocese of St. Pölten . The origins of today's monastery of St. Pölten (St. Hippolytus) and of the cathedral date back to the period around the year 790.

    The cathedral I was viewing today, was built in the 17th century. It was at this time the Baroque altars were built, the south Tower was increased in height.
    During the 18th Century completion of the Baroque style of the interior of the church, paintings, ceiling murals, side altarpieces and new dome frescoes were added.
    In 2000, a new bronze door entrance door was added, and a few years later, the Rosary chapel was restored.
    Walking inside was a real eye-opener as I never expected to such a beautiful interior as I did! There was hardly a bare spot, most was covered in wall paintings, marble and decorations.

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    OUR LADY OF MOUNT CARMEL CHURCH

    by balhannah Updated Jun 2, 2014

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    This Catholic church was built in early Baroque in 1712.
    The centre of the front façade, has the Coat of Arms of the founders "Montecuculi and Colloredo" above the window. This is a ducal crown and double headed eagle that's held by two angels. Above them in an alcove, is the statue of Saint Mary of Mount Carmel Church, which bears the inscription, "ornament of Carmel." Right at the very top and in line with the former statues, is the eye of God in the beam and cloud wreath. On either side are flower vases.

    The right façade has statues of St.Teresa of Jesus, the great reformer of the Carmelite Order, the inscription, "restorer of Carmel, whilst on the left side is the statue of St. Jospeh with the inscription " protectors of Carmel."

    Next, we go inside and see the rococo decorated interior, a beautiful Altar and Pulpit and what looks to be quite an old Organ.

    THE CHURCH IS OPEN FROM DAWN TILL DUSK

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    MARY WARD PRIMARY SCHOOL

    by balhannah Written Jun 2, 2014

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    Fancy a beautiful baroque building being a school! The baroque palace façade is said to be one of the most beautiful in Lower Austria.

    It's a Catholic school which has changed names and now is "Englische Fräulein".
    The founder was a English women named Mary Ward, who was born in 1585 in England. The Institute was built between 1706/07 at St. Polten, in an area where five former town houses stood.
    Mary was in charge at the St. Pölten school for girls and stayed until 1876. In the last 20 years, boys and girls have attended the school.
    Lining the outside walls are statues of many religious figures and the statue inbetween the two wooden doors is of Mary Ward.

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    THE RATHAUS

    by balhannah Updated Jun 1, 2014

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    The St. Polten Rathaus (Town Hall) stands at no 1 Rathausplatz. It was painted pink, a colour I didn't associate with a Rathaus, although the photo I took of it with a dark sky behind, turned out quite good!

    It's here where you will find the offices of the mayor, the City Senate, the municipal council and parts of the Magistrate.
    The Rathaus was mentioned in 1503. Two houses were joined together, then the join plastered over so it looked like one building, it certainly looked like one building to me!

    The Rathaus does has a mixture of styles, starting with a Baroque façade from the 18th century and Renaissance octagonal Town Hall Tower [1591], originally used as a granary and armory. Romanesque vaults, Gothic niches, Renaissance inscriptions and a Mayor´s office with Baroque stucco Kaiser ceiling, with medallion portraits of the Roman-German Emperor Frederick III.

    During renovation work on the west facade, Sgraffitofläche was uncovered from the late 14th century.

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