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The Rathaus (or town hall) is located in the Hauptplatz in the centre of Graz. The present day town hall was completed in 1893 and was designed by Wielemans and Reuter of Vienna. this building replaced an earlier town hall dating from 1803. This building had in turn, replaced an earlier building. The building has a beautiful facade, but it has been altered durin the 20th century. The original facade was even more ornate with statues and other decorative features but some of these were removed. Copies of the statues are gradually returning. (Think the town council realised their mistake!)
The huge town hall is one of the most dominant buildings in the whole city. A great panoramic view of the Rathaus can be seen from the Schlossberg, where the pale colour of the building stands out against the red roofs of the surrounding town houses.
The solid, chunky lines of the typically German town hall are a real stand-out feature of the town, and can be picked out with ease from the heights of the Schlossberg, even at night. The current model is the result of an architecture competition at the end of the 19th century. The loser of which went on to build the incredible, and not always popular, town hall in Munich a few years later.
Hauptplatz/Rathaus (Central Square with City Hall)
The Central Square and the City hall lie within the heart of the old town. IN 2002 the Haultplatz was revamped and given a new urban appearance by young Graz Architect Markus Pernthaler. The statue at the centre of the square was erected in 1878 as a memorial to the Styrian Prince, Archduke Johann.
There are also various stalls on the square that sell all sorts of traditional Austrian food, like sausages, and cakes and snacks.
The buildings around the square are also very ornate, pay attention to the lovely details on them.
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Rathaus (City Hall) and Advent
On the southern end of the main square lies the Rathaus. This the third building to be built on this spot to serve as the City Hall. In the center of the main square is y a fountain of Archduke Johann, The "Styrian prince", who founded the provincial museum Joanneum, which later gave rise to the University of Technology. During the Advent season, the Rathaus itself becomes a huge Advent Calendar, with the building lit up marking the days until Christmas. There are usually stalls with vendors selling crafts and refreshments. It has a wonderful holiday flavor and serves as one of the many Christmas markets during the month of December.
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Located on the south edge of the main square with its numerous market stalls. In actual fact, it is the third town hall to stand exactly on this spot. At the centre of the main square stands the Archduke Johann fountain, in commemoration of the 'Styrian Prince', founder of the provincial museum Joanneum which was to give rise to the University of Technology.
The Town hall is located at Main Square. It has stall market in front of it, which does not leave very good impression on visitors, but maybe local people are used to of that view.
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