Sunday 26 April 2009

UNESCO WHS week: Graz

Postmarked Graz, dated 8 April 2009.
Graz - Steirische Landeshauptstadt
Blick vom Rathaus auf den Hauptplatz und den Schloßberg mit Uhrturm.
That roughly translates as Graz - Styrian capital
View from the Town Hall on to the main square and the Castle hill with clock tower.

The old centre of Graz is included on the UNESCO World Heritage Site list because it:
reflects artistic and architectural movements originating from the Germanic region, the Balkans, and the Mediterranean, for which it served as a crossroads for centuries. The greatest architects and artists of these different regions expressed themselves forcefully here and thus created brilliant syntheses.
The urban complex forming the historic centre of the city of Graz is an exceptional example of a harmonious integration of architectural styles from successive periods. Each age is represented by typical buildings, which are often masterpieces. The urban physiognomy faithfully tells the story of its historic development.
 It is also regarded as a university town, with six universities and 44,000 students.

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