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Graben

Graben

Column of the Holy Trinity (Dreifaltigkeitssaule)

Surrounded with prestigious palaces and luxurious shops, Graben Street (Graben) (till 1840 it there was an area), in the form of the extended rectangle, is one of the most eminent places of the small town. Its title "Ditch" left from the ancient Roman defensive ditch passing here повдоль of serf walls which has been filled up in the XIII century. In the centre of the area brighter standard of the Vienna baroque – "A plague column" (Pestsaule) (1682 — 1692) established in honour of disposal of plague towers.

The column called also "the Column of the Holy Trinity" ("Dreifaltigkeitssaule"), has been erected by tsar Leopold I in honour of the termination of plague of 1679. the 1st column from a tree (Iozef Fryukhvirt) has been replaced on marble which has remained up to now. Works on its construction were conducted by Franz Menegatti according to Matthias Raukhmyuller’s project, with the assistance of other painters in the middle of whom there was Fischer von Erlakh.

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Graben Street (Graben)

From a pedestal, very much the highest, topped with reliefs in the middle of which there is also kolenopreklonenny Leopold’s I image, the whirlwind from human figures, clouds, angels, allegorical images – a beautiful sign of triumph of Belief over Plague escapes up. Such type of a "cloudy" obelisk became so popular in Austria that it copied a large quantity of times, and it meets practically in each corner of the country.

Graben

Leopoldsbryunnen’s (Leopoldsbrunnen) fountain

On each side the areas are placed two fountains: Yozefsbryunnen (Josefsbrunnen) and Leopoldsbryunnen (Leopoldsbrunnen). The XIX century built at first, they testify to special honouring by St. Joseph and St. Leopold’s wreaths.

Since 1970 the Graben – a foot zone. Here the large quantity of shops and cafe, a three-storeyed epicure of Julius Meinl, Erste Bank headquarters is placed.

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Yozefsbryunnen’s (Josefsbrunnen) fountain

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Graben Street (Graben)

Graben (Graben)

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