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Graz
The Schlossberg (Castle Hill) with the clock tower (Uhrturm), as seen from town hall
The Schlossberg (Castle Hill) with the clock tower (Uhrturm), as seen from town hall
Coat of arms of Graz
Coat of arms
Country Austria
State Styria
District Statutory city
Elevation
353 m (1,158 ft)
Time zone UTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST) UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
A-801x, A-802x, A-803x, A-804x, A-805x
Area code +43 316
Vehicle registration G
Website www.graz.at
UNESCO World Heritage Site
Official name City of Graz – Historic Centre and Schloss Eggenberg
Criteria Cultural: ii, iv
Reference 931
Inscription 1999 (23rd Session)
Extensions 2000

Graz is a city in Austria and capital of Styria.

After Vienna, Graz has the second highest number of people living in the city. In 2014 the city and surrounding areas had 605,143 people. The city has six universities.

History

The oldest reference to Graz in historical documents is from 1128. In 1379 Graz became the capital of Inner Austria. (Inner Austria included Styria, Carinthia, Krain, Inner Istria and Trieste.) The Roman Empire used Graz as a stronghold to defend against enemies on the southeast. Two of the buildings created at that period (Glockenturm which is a clock tower, and Uhrturm which is a bell tower) have become landmarks of Graz.

The Historic Centre and Schloss Eggenberg is named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

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