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Public Clocks

Public clock in Salzburg, Austria

Public clock next to the Franciscan monasery in Salzburg, Austria

This public clock, reflected in a simple window, is located on top of a walk way connecting the Franciscan monastery with the Franciscan church in Salzburg.

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Museums

Schell Collection in Graz, Austria

Renaissance figurine at the Schell Collection

At the Schell Collection, also known as Museum of Keys (Schlüsselmuseum), you can learn a lot about keys, locks, chests and jewellery boxes. Another focus is on decorative ironwork used for house signs, grave crosses, windows and doors.

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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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Railways

Talent 2 at railway station Halle (Saale)

Talent 2 at the railway station of Halle (Saale), Germany

The Talent 2 is a multiple unit railcar manufactured by Bombardier Transportation. The first trains were produced in 2008. The design of the cab ends made German people to call this type of train Hamsterbacke (hamster cheek). The depicted train is run by the S-Bahn Mitteldeutschland.

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Castles

Giebichenstein Castle in Halle (Saale)

Giebichenstein Castle in Halle (Saale), Germany

Giebichenstein Castle (Burg Giebichenstein) is part of the Romanesque Road (Strasse der Romanik). Today it is used by the Kunsthochschule Halle (Academy of Arts). Being a Burgward in the 9th century, the castle became a royal residence of Otto I, Holy Roman Emperor.

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Museums

Handel House in Halle (Saale)

Room 'Under the Sun of Arcadia' in the Handel House of Halle (Saale), Germany

“Under the Sun of Arcadia” – one of several rooms at the Handel House (Händelhaus) in Halle. The magical atmosphere of the room refers to the idea that George Frideric Handel (Georg Friedrich Händel) wrote many of his compositions under an arbour in Italy.

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Fountains Sculptures

Donkey fountain in Halle (Saale)

Donkey foutain on the Old Market in Halle (Saale), Germany

The Donkey Fountain (Eselsbrunnen) on the Old Market (Alter Markt) in Halle (Saale) was built in 1913. The bronze sculpture was created by the sculptor Heinrich Keiling. The man who walks with a donkey over a rug of roses refers to an old legend.

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Libraries

Library of the Francke Foundations in Halle (Saale)

Library of the Francke Foundation in Halle (Saale)

The library was founded at the beginning of the 18th century by August Hermann Francke for the teachers and pupils at the schools of the Francke Foundations. The edifice built in the years 1726-1728 is regarded as Germany’s oldest surviving secular library building.

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Museums

Cabinet of curiosities at the Francke Foundations

Crocodile at the cabinet of curiosities in Halle (Saale)

The cabinet of art and natural history (Kunst- und Naturalienkammer) was created by August Hermann Francke in 1698. Today this collection is regarded as the only fully preserved cabinet of curiosities dating from the Baroque age.

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Churches

Cathedral of Halle (Saale)

Cathedral of Halle in Saxony-Anhalt, Germany

In the beginning the later cathedral of Halle was a church built by the Dominican. Traditionally churches of a medicant order don’t have a tower. The lovely gables were added by Cardinal Albert of Brandenburg. Today is is just a church again but people of Halle still call the edifice a Dom (cathedral).

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Architecture

German Federal Cultural Foundation in Halle (Saale)

Headquarter of the German Federal Cultural Foundation in Halle (Saale), Germany

Right next to the buildings of the Francke Foundations I came across this fascinating architecture. It’s the headquarter of the German Federal Cultural Foundation (Kulturstiftung des Bundes). The purpose of this foundation is to promote and fund art and culture within the framework of federal responsibility.

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Museums

Beatles Museum in Halle (Saale)

Beatles Museum in Halle (Saale), Germany

The Beatles Museum in Halle (Saale) shows the history of the Beatles from the foundation of the band in 1960 up to their break in 1970. It also displays material about their solo careers after 1970. The museum is located in a Baroque building errected in 1708.