posted 10-05-2003 05:42 PM
Again I have some text about an Austrian castle from the Austrian book by GC Martinic, which I mentioned in an earlier post. I tried to translate it from German to English. Words I didn't know are between inverted comma's.
Burg Graz at Hofgasse 13-15
From the original building complex today only the following remains; parts of the so-called Friedrichsbuildings with the Chamber-chapel, the southern castle gate, the Maximiliansbuildings, the Karlsbuildings and the "Registraturtrakt". New buildings from 1950-52 close off the first and the second bailey. On the spot of the former castle-abbey is now a castle-garden. The diminished building complex, with parts from the 15th-20th century, lies on a plateau south-east of the castle-mountain which was a originally part of the medieval city defenses. Emperor Friedrich III erected the first building at this site (the Friedrichsbuilding) in 1438-53. The castle became the residence of Friedrich III and seat of the inner Austrian Hof until 1619. Under Maximilian I the construction of the Maximiliansbuildings (1500), 1554 the construction of the display stairs after a design by Domenico dell'Allio. Under Archduke Karl II followed a large extension (Karlsbuildings). 1596-97 construction of the castle-chapel on the fourth floor of the old palace with frescos by Egid de Rye. In 1853 fragments of these paintings were donated to the castles of Frauheim and Gross-Söding. In the 19th century the Friedrichsbuildings, the Ferdinands"trakt" and the display stairs were cleared away. In 1947, after wardamages from the 2nd WW, followed a restoration. Graz Castle is nowadays the seat of the Steyrian federal government.
"But round about the castle there began to grow a hedge of thorns, which every year became higher...."
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[This message has been edited by Marko (edited 10-06-2003).]