Thursday, December 5, 2013

City of Graz – Historic Centre and Schloss Eggenberg

Received another postcard from Graz shows the Schloss Eggenberg (Eggenberg Palace) which is the most significant Baroque palace complex in Styria. In 2010, Schloss Eggenberg was recognized for its significance to cultural history in an expansion to the listing of the Graz Historic Old Town among UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Sites. Thanks again to Jasmin, she is kind enough to queue in the post office in order to get for me the hand postmark!:-)

Graz is the second-largest city in Austria after Vienna. Its old town is one of the best-preserved city centers in Central Europe and was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1999 due to the harmonious co-existence of typical buildings from different epochs and in different architectural styles. Situated in a cultural borderland between Central Europe, Italy and the Balkan States, Graz absorbed various influences from the neighboring regions and thus received its exceptional townscape. Today the old town consists of over 1000 buildings, their age ranging from Gothic to Contemporary. 
I am very grateful to have these two nice postcards sent from Graz with beautiful stamps. Thank you very much Jasmin! The first card features a panoramic view of the old town from the air. You can see the Schlossberg or Castle Hill located in the center, as well as some important sights in the old town such as the City Hall and the Landhaus. The famous Uhrturm clock tower is shown on the second card, which is on the top of Schlossberg and is the symbol of the city.