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    Our Cultural Promenade starts with the Cathedral

    by desert_princess Updated Jul 23, 2005

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    It is the first thing that attracts your attention when arriving by train to Wiener Neustadt - The white towers of the cathedral that can be seen from afar.

    The late Romanesque cathedral was consecrated in 1279. In the 14th century, the Romanesque apse was replaced by a Gothic transept and a Gothic choir. From 1469 to 1785, it served as an Episcopal cathedral.
    Situated next to the Bridal gate ("Brauttor") are the tombstones of the two magnates Zriny and Frangepany, executed in 1671. At the end of the 15th century the nave was decorated with wooden statues of the Twelve Apostles, created by a local artist Lorenz Fuchsberger, who also produced the Annunciation group under the triumphal arch. The early Baroque pulpit was donated by Cardinal Melchior Klesl who administrated the diocese from 1588 until 1630. His Memorial tablet is located in the choir, the CArdinal's bust is said to be the work of G.L. Bernini.The late Baroque high altar by Gianbettino Cignaroli depicts the Assumption of the Virgin Mary. Due to its dilapidated state, the entire western part of the Cathedral had to be razed in 1886 but was rebuilt in accordance with the original plans between 1892 and 1899.
    Do you know the fisherman's towers in Budapest? My mind made a strange reference with them while I was watching the Cathedral....go figure....maybe because it's white...

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    Main Square

    by desert_princess Updated Jul 23, 2005

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    The Wiener Neustadt center is a pedestrian only area. In the heart of the main square there is a monument that is presently in reconstruction, surrounded by cafes, shops and galleries. Sculpture exhibition of modern art will be decorating one of the sides of the square all summer long.
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    Provostry

    by desert_princess Written Jul 24, 2005

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    In the early 13th century, this building served as the great hall for the Barenberg Duke Leopold VI, From 1469 to 1785 it was Episcopal Residence, and today it is used as a provostry. The Chapel of St Catherine dominates the front section and contains the crypt of Count Franz Anton Puchheim ( died in 1718 ) , Bishop of Neustadt. He also built the Baroque gate, embelishing it with his coat of arms.
    P.S. Presently in reconstruction

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    The Dom by night

    by desert_princess Updated Jul 23, 2005

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    The Dom by night

    The Dom by night
    It's always nice to see the night face of buildings....Nice shot....could be a postcard...

    Here's a story about the Dom - I went innside with a friend just before the closing hour, and I was kinda surprised to see a fully dressed in leather motorrider to pop up behind the altar and walk in the hall. I realezed afterwards that this was the preacher , getting ready to leave his workplace and fly on his motorbike to an unknown to me destination. He was very patient with us as he saw we were taking a look at the altars and tombstones, and said " Take your time, most people use the cathedral as a shortcut through the sqare and don't pay attention at the innside anyways..." Ummm no comment here....

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    Mary's Column on the Main Square - Mariensäule

    by desert_princess Updated Jul 26, 2005

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    Mary's Column on the Main Square - Mariens��ule

    The column was comissioned by the bishop of Wiener Neustadt, Count Leopold Kollonitsch to commemorate the marriages of Emperor Leopold I's sisters held in the Chirch of St George of Wiener Neustadt Castle in 1678 and present Military academy. The Balustrade surmounted with statutes of the " Plague Saints" was added in 1714.
    P.S . Due to reconstruction , Mary was taken away to a safer place I guess

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    The hedquarters of the secret police - GESTAPO

    by desert_princess Written Oct 10, 2005

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    In this house were located during the nazi occupation ( 1938 - 1945) the headquarters of the secret citypoliceman - GESTAPO ( originating from GEheimen STAatsPOlizei ). Here were tortured for their democratic and freedom beleifs or their opposition to the hitler regime countless to be sent at the end in the concentration camps and in jails ,where many of them lost their lives...

    The house is presently transformed into a Youth Hostel

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    Town Hall

    by desert_princess Updated Oct 10, 2005

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    Earliest town records date from 1401. The Gothic town hall was remodelled in Renaissance style between the the second half of the 16th century and early 17th century. After the great fire in 1834, a neo-gothic spire was added to the hall's tower ( originally built in 1590) and the building's facade was redesigned in the classical style. The coats of arms on the facade originally came from the town gates, which were dismantled in 1860.
    Innside you can take a look at a scale model of the town as it was before, when it was all surrounded by fortified walls.

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    The fortified walls

    by desert_princess Updated Jul 23, 2005

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    The fortified walls

    Once upon a time the whole town was surrounded by fortified walls, from which you can still see the remains today, aswell as the towers that were guarding the corners.
    The fortified walls near the Parking at Grazer strasse

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    Military Academy of Emperess Maria Theresa

    by desert_princess Updated Oct 11, 2005

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    Formerly the castle of the provincal princess. Built in the 13th century, this castle, defended by four towers, originally belonged to the sovereign, and was expanded during the 15th century to become residence of the Habsburg Emperor Frederick III. During the mid 15th century, the Chapel of St George was built into the western section of the castle.The Gothic hall church features valuable glass paintings and a wall covered with coats of arms. The Emperor Maximilian I was born here in 1459. He was buried in the Chapel of St.George in 1519. Maria Theresa chose the castle in 1752 as the site of her newly founded military academy. The earthquake of 1768 destroyed all but the north-western tower ( the "Rakoczy Tower" - Rakocky meaning Austrian in czech language ). The castle has continued to house the Theresian Military Academy to this day, excepting the periods of 1919 to 1934 and 1938 to 1958. Extensively damaged by bombs during the Second World War, Rebuilding work began on the castle and the St George cathedral in 1963, in accordance with the original plans.

    Visiting is possible Monday to Friday - 8.00 to 11.00h and 14.00 to 16.00h
    for groups please call 02622/381, klappe 2031
    For single visitors, register by the guards at the South door of the park

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    Gothic Path Pillar " The Spinner at the cross"

    by desert_princess Updated Jul 26, 2005

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    Gothic Path Pillar " The Spinner at the cross"
    Donated at the end of the 14th century by the Wiener Neustadt city judge, that later became the city's governor - Wolfahrt von Schwarzensee.
    Is considered to be the work of the herzog architect Michael Knab.
    Has been restaured many times, for the last time under the reign of governor Peter Wittmann in 1993/94 with funds from "association for conservation of Spinnerin am Kreuz"

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    Wiener Neustadt Canale Grande

    by desert_princess Updated Aug 3, 2005

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    Canale Grande of Wiener Neustadt

    Somewhere in the outskirts you will find the Canale Grande of Wiener Neustadt.
    It's a good place to go fishing, canoeing with your family, cycling on the side...
    If you follow that water path, it will take you all the way to Vienna !!!

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    Church and residence St Leopold of the Jesuits

    by desert_princess Updated Jul 13, 2005

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    Church and Residence St Leopold of the Jesuits

    Between 1737 and 1745 a church and presbytery residence were built on the outskirts of Wiener Neustadt and then donated to the Jesuits by the Turkish Family Zungaberg / Czonkabeg who had converted to Catholicism .After the Order's abolition in 1773 the Jesuit Residence became a military hospital. From 1904 to 1992 it hosted the municipal museum. The town archives were moved in 1992 in the Baroque building on its left side.

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    P.S. - It is is the first time I hear somebody turning from Islam to Catholicism!!!

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    Church and Monastery of Neukloster

    by desert_princess Updated Jul 23, 2005

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    Church and Monastery of Neukloster

    Church and Monastery of Neukloster
    Built in 13 century as a monastery church for the Dominicans.Served as a Domenican church between 1444 and 1544 than was transferred to the Cistercians until 1574 by Emperor Frederick III.This Gothic hall of the church was built during the 15th century,and has a precious baroque interior. The grave of Elcanor of Portugal (died in 1467) ,wife of empror Frederick III, is situated behind the high altar. (altar piece - "Assumption of the Virgin" by Anton Schoonjans) .The church has a library, chapter hall and a refectory decorated with ceiling frescoes by Johann Bergl.
    Damaged during the earthquake in 1768

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    Jewish Tombstones

    by desert_princess Written Jul 23, 2005

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    Jewish Tombstones from 13 and 14 century

    These Jewish Tombstones were found when the old fortifications were razed in 1846. They originally belonged to the Jewish Cemetary which was used until 1496 and was situatec outside of the city walls. The tombstones embedded in the western city wall date from the 13th and 14th century.

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    St Peter an Der Sperr / City Museum

    by desert_princess Updated Jul 23, 2005

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    St Peter an Der Sperr / City Museum

    This former Dominican church and convent, dating from the 13th century, was handed over to the Dominican Monks in 1444 and was remodelled by the imperial architect and master builder Peter von Pusica sometime after the middle of the 15th century. It contains a remarkable Gothic portal on the south side. First the Monastery was secularised in the 16th century, followed later in the 18th century by the church. From 1964 to 1992, the former monastery housed the municipal archives. In 1994 the city museum moved into the old monastery building as well as into an extention built in 1992/ 93. The restored church has been used for art exhibitions since 1966.

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