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Sator square in Golling

Sator square in Golling an der Salzach, Austria

A sator square seen on a facade in Golling an der Salzach. The sator square, also known as rotas square, is a word square containing a five-word Latin palindrome. The oldest datable representation of a sator square was found in Pompeii.

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Pharmacies Signs

Pharmacy house sign in Knittelfeld, Austria

Two lions in a pharmacy house sign

This house sign was created by two Italian migrant workers and renewed in 1957 by Alfred Kala. You can see it at the town pharmacy in Knittelfeld. I love the combination of lions with a mortar and pestle. The lions look a bit weird anyway. The lions, however, do not look particularly trustworthy for their job as a pharmacist.

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Pharmacies Signs

Relief of a laurel tree in Naumburg (Saale)

Relief of a laurel tree in Naumburg (Saale), Germany

This relief displaying a laurel tree and two men is fixed at a 16th-century building with the address Herrenstraße 2 in Naumburg (Saale). The building houses a pharmacy named Lorbeerbaum Apotheke (Laurel Tree Pharmacy).

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Shops Signs

Shop sign of a brush-maker in Naumburg (Saale)

Shop sign of a brush-maker in Naumburg (Saale), Germany

This shop sign at the Bürstenmacherei Steinbrück in Naumburg (Saale) shows in a fine way the main products of a German Bürstenbinder (brush-maker). Inside the shop you can not only buy brushes manufactured in a traditional way but also learn details about this tradition.

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Inn sign in Dornbirn

Inn sign in Dornbirn, Austria

Inn sign at the wine tavern ‘Alte Post‘ in Dornbirn. The sign is labeled with the name of the tavern and the date 1869. The sign shows a postilion which probably refers to the earlier use of the building as coaching inn.

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Fun traffic sign in Hallstatt

Fun traffic sign in Hallstatt, Austria

Fun! This traffic sign – which is most probable an unofficial one – gives warning of hasting waiters. Some restaurants of Hallstatt offer table right next to the Hallstatt Lake so waiter have to cross a small street. Well, as only a few cars are allowed to use this calm street there is more danger to get hit by a waiter than a waiter will get hit by a car.

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Shop signs in Bad Aussee

Shop sign of a shoemaker in Bad Aussee, Austria

Shop sign of a shoemaker ([German]: Schuster) seen in Bad Aussee, Austria. I wonder what is the meaning of the arrow?

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Zum blauen Karpfen in Vienna

Zum Blauen Karpfen in Vienna (Detail)

The ‘Haus zum Blauen Karpfen’ (Blue Carp House) is located in Annagasse N° 14 at the 1st district of Vienna. The façade of the building was converted into the style of Empire in the year 1824.

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Restaurants Signs

Restaurant ‘Der Kuckuck’ in Vienna

Inn sign of a cuckoo in Vienna, Austria

At the first district, a traditional restaurant named ‘Der Kuckuck’ is using a cuckoo as inn sign. I took this photo on a winter day. So I got the cuckoo covered with some snow. The restaurant is located inside a building with a façade of the 17th century.

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Escalator out of order in Vienna

Fun sign in a passage of Vienna

This notice made me smile. Literally translated it says: ‘This escalator has been disabled for reasons of safety’. I do hope they will be able to modernise this escalator soon.

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O5 at St Stephen’s Cathedral in Vienna

Code at the front side of the Cathedral

This code ‘O5’ is placed at the right side of the main entrance of St Stephen’s Cathedral. It was the code of an Austrian resistance group during World War II. It stands for Ö (Österreich) built by O and the 5th letter of the alphabet (= OE).

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String A.E.I.O.U. in Graz

AEIOU at the Burg of Graz

An interesting detail of Graz: There are several signs mentioning the string A.E.I.O.U. This was used by the Habsburg Emperor Frederick III who resided in Graz for many years. The meaning of this string is still unsolved.