Graz's historic landhaus is located on Herrengasse not far from the town hall. Before the landhaus was built leaders from different parts of Styria used to meet in various castles and monasteries, but they wanted a more permanent venue. In 1557 the Italian architect Domenico dell’Allio started to build the landhaus for this purpose. Even now this building is still the provincial parliament of Styria. This building is beautiful and has a lovely arcaded Renaissance style courtyard.
Another look of the famous landhaus building with the clock tower on the top. Unfortunately, when I have visited the town, inner courtyard of the building was closed and it is definetelly the most interesting and the most beautiful part of it.
During my following visit the inner courtyard was reconstructed and again accessible for visitors, however, the left side with the most attractive colonnades was still under the constructions.
As a history buff, I loved seeing the armory housed here. There are so many suits of armor, even to fit a horse! There's a difference between the the suits used for jousting versus actual battles. The employees were very happy to answer questions.
One of the main attractions of Graz is the Landeszeughaus. This building shows one of the richest collections of historical arms, with about 30,000 weapons of all kinds.
The armoury includes 3.300 cuirasses and helmets dating to the 16th and 17th centuries, from Augsburg, Nurnberg, Innsbruck and Graz.
It is one of the most important arsenals in the world.
This most important Renaissance building in the Centre was built after the plans of the Italian architect Domenico d'Aglio (I translate this with my still modest knowledge of Italian as "Sunday of the Garlic" and it indeed spices nicely the old city especially with its nice court with several floors of arcades.
Landeszeughaus is a narrow building, just about 8 meters wide, but 50 meters long into the back and 5 storeys high. It was built by Antonio Solar in 1642 next to the Landhaus and its facade shows the sculptures of Mars ( the god of war) and Minerva (goddess of war and of art).
Empress Maria Theresia wanted to close that arsenal of old medieval weapons, but the city of Graz could persuade her to keep it as a symbol for the succeful fight against the "enemies of the christian faith" ( the turques, who could be thrown back successfully in Graz)
You will still find weapons from all centuries between the 15th and the 19th century there, only the 50 cannons were removed before the french troops conquered Graz and they were finally used in order to make bells.
You may see in Landeszeuhaus more than 7.800 guns and pistols, 3.300 helmets, 5.400 helebards , 2.400 swords.You may as well see elegant armouries for knights and noble people and even a complete armour for a horse dating back to the 16th century.
In "Landeszeughaus" , next to the Landhaus you will find one of the biggest collections of medieval arms and iron-armories in the whole world ! And the most interesting fact about this museum is , that the Zeughaus still looks the same as hundreds of years ago and has a total of 30.000 rifles, helebards, swords, guns, etc.
You could equip an medieval army of several hundred men with these weapons and even the stairs are made in a way, that the troops may march into the different floors, take their weapons and get into war...!
The museum of Landeszeughaus / The Armory chamber
is open tuesday till Sunday 10.00a.m. - 03.00p.m. from Nov.3rd till Jan.6th
and March-October from Tuesday-Sunday 10.00a.m.-05.00p.m.
January and February the Landeszeughaus is CLOSED !!
I took my pics many years ago, when nobody cared about it, but in summer 2005 they were very strict telling me : NO Photographs !!!
This is a masterpiece of Italian Renaissance in Graz. Archaded courtyard is stunning. It was built in 16th century - at present times provides perfect backdrop for open-air performances and concerts
Citizens of Graz are very proud for their Landhaus, a Renaissance jewel.
The most important section is the construction of the main section on the Herrengasse. The style of the palace is like Venice (Palazzo style), because the architect Domencio dell' Allio received his professional formation in Northern Italy.
It was built part by part, started in 1494.
As part of the Advent activities in the city of Graz, an ice sculpture of a nativity scene is placed in the courtyard of the famous Italian Renaissance-styled Landhaus. Unfortunately, the weather was a bit mild in early December, and the sculpture had already melted quite a bit when I saw it!
The Landhaus with its beautiful arcaded courtyard is an excellent example of the ornate style of Italian Renaissance, unique in Graz. Built by Italian architect Domenico dell`Allio in the 16th century, the Landhaus today provides the perfect backdrop for regular concerts and other open-air performances. The Landhaus houses the Styrian Parliament, and the courtyard is an atmospheric backdrop for open-air concerts and other performances.
During the Advent season, many performances are held in the courtyard, and each year an ice sculpture of the nativity scene sits here.
Graz is a city of the Italian Renaissance, the arcaded courtyard of the Landhaus is the icing on the cake. The house and its courtyard, a work of art of the fortress builder Domenico dell' Allio dating back to the 16th century, form the backdrop for many an atmospheric concert and open-air performance.
In the courtyard of the Landhouse, there is lcated this charming fountain. Stone made well and above it, metal construction - really an awesome work of art.
Joanneum museum was established by archduke Johann in 1811. In the building there is housed a gallery with paintings and other collections such as archeological collection.
The Landhaus is a 16th century Italian renaissance masterpiece. Only the arched courtyard is open to visitors, because the building houses the Styrian Parliament.