When you are inside the Mausoleum you may see this interesting painting in the very centre of the ceiling of Katharinenkirche :
It shows the siege of Vienna by the turques and it shows emperor Leopold as the heroic conqueror over the turques, although Leopold fled to Passau as soon as the turques arrived in Vienna, and he did not return, untill his troops could finally push back the enemies...
Click on my picture and see the city of Vienna & the siege of the Turques in 1683. It was not only a victory against Turkey, BUT also a victory of the Christian faith over the Moslems and for that reason this large painting was made in the centre of the cuppola in the church.
There are two things in Graz which remind me a lot to my hometown of Zagreb, first is the ancient name of Gradec, which is identical to ancient name of the Upper Town in Zagreb, and second is the local theatre which, as the one in my hometown, was designed by the Vienese architects Hellmer and Fellner. It seems to me that this two guys have had only one matrix for the theatre buildings. So far I have seen their theatre buildings in Zagreb, Rijeka, Vienna and this one in Graz and all of them look like a twince. As far as I know, there are more of a kind in some other Central European cities.
Unfortunatelly the Operahaus was undergone major reconstruction works and its front facade was covered by a scafold.
The Grazers are devoted and practicle catholics, there are many signs of it in the town. This beautiful Holy Trinity column stands on the vegetable market, which is situated on the right bank of river Mur right opposite to the castle hill.
In a very short period the town of Graz was under the Ottomans rule. Their main goal was to conquest Vienna, but with no succes at all. Not many traces of the Ottoman's rule can be seen in Graz today, this well in Schlossberg is one of the rare examples.
I do not remember whos statue represent this monument, probably one of the Ottomans sultans or generals.
The bronze column stands on the square at the end of Sporgasse street, right in front of the entrance into the Castle Hill complex. The name of the square is Karmelitenplatz and it is from where one can start explorings of Schlossberg hill. The pillar is made in a shape of girl's braides with the figure of the madonna at it's top. It could be some kind of the Holy Trinity.
I was really unlucky, the gallery was closed as well as the passage to the catle park where the famous Eggenberg Schloss is situated. The Alte Galerie (Old Gallery) is located at the Eggenberger Allee 90 and is part of Eggenburg Castle complex. The whole complex makes widely famous Landesmuseum Joanneum which is one of the best European museums.
The Alte Galerie contains European paintings and sculptures from the Romanesque period to the end of the Baroque period. The inner court-yard of the palace is in particularly attractive.
The City Museum of Graz (Stadtmuseum) could be found in a very busy Sachtrasse 18, where no space excisting to make an attractive photo of the entire building. Actually, the building is called Khuenburg Palace and was built in the Baroque style. It is place where Archduke Franz Ferdinand was born, Archduke heir to the throne of the Austro-Ungarian Empire. His assassination at Sarajevo in 1914 led directly to the outbreak of World War I.
The palace is now home to the Stadtmuseum, whose exibits trace the history of the town.
This pillar with the Virgin Mary on the top stands in the middle of the flower market, at the end of Herrengasse street. Austrians, who are devoted catholics, worshiping Virgin Marry alot and its statuetes could be seen all over the country.
The column is visible from the far distance and could serve as an meeting point if one went too far to the western direction while strolling and exploring the city.
The emperor Franz Josef was the greatest ever emperors of the Hapsburg family. He succseded in making so called K und K monarchy one of the most powerfull states in Europe and the rest of the world. K und K monarchy ruled over the whole of the Central European territory.
Most of the Austrians admire this emperor even today being very pround on his great both political and cultural achivements.
I am not quiet sure but if still remembering this building is overlooking Franz Joseph Square or is situated in its close vicinity. It is called The Old University and the Grammar School. Besides relatively simple but attractive facade my attention was caught by two identical coats of arms placed at the corner of the building.
The towns Concert Hall (Schauspielhaus) is situated n the Fteiheitsplatz, coloquially called Franz Josef Square.
There ecxists a long tradition of music in this town and its citizens are real music lovers. In case of attractive concert, and not only, you cannot get the ticket because most of the concerts are sold-out. In case of planning to visit Graz, make sure to book tickets in advance if there is an attractive concert during your visit.
Graz is a very musical city. Not only did Europe's first jazz faculty open in its university, but the west bank is home to a several delightful little boozers offering live Turkish and Croat folk music. Graz also boasts a notable music festival, and a stunning Opera House, kitted out in cod high-baroque
Austrians are like the Irish - very polite. When you're in a bar/shop/brothel the common courtesy is to say "Gruce Got" (not correct spelling). It's all you have to say to someone and they'll appreciate it. It's like saying "Hi, how are ya?".
There is a thing which is not to be forgotten nor ignored while in Austria - Mülltrennung - dividing every kind of garbage into a separate can! It takes a lot of space [and a lot of cans] & is basically kind of useless, since they put it at the same pile in the end, but when in Rome... ;)
If nice sunny day in Graz nothing is so hard like catching free table at the upper terrace of the Cafe Schwalbennest in the Innere Stadt. It is probably the most attractive terrace in whole town and always full. I was aiming if there is free table several times in between the strollings around but wasn't lucky. The terrace is overlooking the River of Mur and the Kunsthaus on the far bank.