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About Graz

With a population of 240,000, the Styrian province's capital, Graz, is the second-largest city in Austria. Situated on the Mur River, it is an economic and cultural centre settled as long ago as AD 800, but first mentioned in records in 1128. The town was awarded special privileges under the Habsburg King Rudolf I, who seized it from his arch rival Ottokar, and from 1379 it became the chief residence of the Leopoldine line. A bastion against the Turkish threat, Graz was fortified between the 15th and 17th centuries and withstood a succession of sieges. The Italian influence on the architecture is unmistakable.

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